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Crawford County

    Earl A. Hoffman, private, Company C, 341st Machine Gun Battalion. For extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois de Bantheville, France, October 24, 1918. Severely wounded while dressing the wounds of 23 of his platoon, he continued his work until he fainted from pain and was evacuated.

Residence at enlistment: 707 East Chestnut Street, Denison, Iowa (Crawford co.)

     Lynn McCracken, (army serial No. 105475), private, first class, Company B, 2d Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Division. For extraordinary heroism in action near Fleville, France, October 4, 1918. During a heavy enemy counter attack Pvt. mcCracken conveyed important imformation through a heavy enemy artillery barrage to an advanced machine gun platoon of his company. By dashing from shell hole to shell hole, exposed to heavy fire, he accomplished his mission in ample time.

Residence at enlistment: Manilla, Iowa (Crawford 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