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CMOHS.org - Captain MILES, L. WARDLAW, U.S. Army

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MILES, L. WARDLAW

Rank: Captain
Organization: U.S. Army
Company:
Division: 308th Infantry, 77th Division
Born: 23 March 1873, Baltimore, Md.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Princeton, N.J.
G.O. Number: 44
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Revillon, France, 14 September 1918
 
 


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Citation

Volunteered to lead his company in a hazardous attack on a commanding trench position near the Aisne Canal, which other troops had previously attempted to take without success. His company immediately met with intense machinegun fire, against which it had no artillery assistance, but Capt. Miles preceded the first wave and assisted in cutting a passage through the enemy's wire entanglements. In so doing he was wounded 5 times by machinegun bullets, both legs and 1 arm being fractured, whereupon he ordered himself placed on a stretcher and had himself carried forward to the enemy trench in order that he might encourage and direct his company, which by this time had suffered numerous casualties. Under the inspiration of this officer's indomitable spirit his men held the hostile position and consolidated the front line after an action lasting 2 hours, at the conclusion of which Capt. Miles was carried to the aid station against his will.