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Cherokee County

    Claude V. Hart, sergeant, Company M, 168th Infantry. In action near Seargy, France, July 28, 1918, he coolly and with utter disregard of danger led his platoon against enemy machine gun emplacements. Four of the foe were captured, together with their two machine guns, which he turned and operated on the retreating Germans until he was severely wounded.

Residence at enlistment: 327 East Main Street, Cherokee, Iowa (Cherokee co.)

    Andrew Melrose (army serial No. 1210143), corporal, Company D, 107th Infantry, 27th Division. For extraordinary heroism in action near Vendhuile, France, September 28, 1918. Leaving the protection of a trench, he crawled out under heavy machine gun and snipers' fire and rescued a British officer who had fallen in an exposed position. His example was an inspiration to the men serving with him.

Residence at enlistment: Marcus, Iowa (Cherokee 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