Paul Cross - War Hero
Posted By: S. Ferrall (email)
Date: 7/19/2004 at 07:52:20
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
Paul Cross, private, Machine Gun Company, 325th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in acton near St. Juvin, France, October 12, 1918. After his machine gun squad had been dispersed by a sweeping enemy fire he continued to operate his gun alone until forced to leave it by the overwhelming enemy attack. He then killed two of the enemy with his pistol, but was severely wounded in the encounter. His unusual bravery and daring contributed materially to the success of his regiment in the action.
Residence at enlistment: Lacey, Iowa
-source: Official Register, State of Iowa 1921-1922, Twenty-Ninth Number, Military Decorations of Iowans in the World War, pg. 363
-transcribed by Sharyl Ferrall
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