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Allamakee County


    Arthur F. Brandt, corporal, Company E, 168th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action northeast of Verdun, France, October 16, 1918. After his company had been in action three days during the attack on the Cote-de-Chatillon and was to be relieved, Corporal Brandt volunteered to guide the company to a position of security in the rear which he had selected. While the relief was being made under shell fire, this soldier and four others were severely wounded by a bursting shell. Realizing that this wound would prove fatal, Corporal Brandt, while being carried on a stretcher, indicated the route to be taken by the company, being wounded in the face and scarcely able to talk. Through his extraordinary fortitude and will-power the company was able to reach its position over idfficult terrain and under enemy fire. He died of his wounds the next day.

Emergency address: Mrs. Ida Brandt, mother, Postville, Iowa
Residence at enlistment: Postville, Iowa (Allamakee co.)


    Leo George Clarke, second lieutenant, 11th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action near Remoiville, France, November 5-10, 1918. He set an example of bravery and self-sacrifice to his men during the period November 5-9, 1918. On November 10, while assembling his company, he discovered a wounded man lying in place exposed to machine gun fire, and regardless of his own danger carried him to a place of safety.

Residence at appointment: Waukon, Iowa (Allamakee 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 for Iowa in the Great War Special Project