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Mathew Spautz

Distinguished Service Cross Recipient

World War I

Distinguished Service Cross.

     Mathew Spautz, sergeant, Company A, 168th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action near the River Ourcq, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France. During the advance of July 30, 1918, while in command of his platoon, Sergeant Spautz showed extraordinary heroism, leading his men on in advance, having three times been knocked down by enemy shells. After having been wounded by machine-gun fire, he still continued to advance. He was finally killed while doing his utmost to advance.

Emergency address: Michael Spautz, father, Davis Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa
Residence at enlistment: Dubuque, Iowa (Dubuque co.)



~source: Official Register, State of Iowa 1921-1922, Twenty-Ninth Number, Military Decorations of Iowans in the World War, pg. 360-376

~ Transcribed and contributed by Sharyl Ferrall.


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