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Emmet County

      Herman Woll (army serial No. 2254426), private, 357th Ambulance Company, 315th Sanitary Train, 90th Division. For extraordinary heroism in acton near Vilcey-sur-Trey, France, September 12, 1918. With another soldier, Pvt. Woll left the shelter of a wood and went forward to rescue a soldier who had fallen wounded on a hill under constant machine gun and shell fire. While they were carrying him back on a litter he was again wounded, and the litter was struck twice by machine gun bullets, but they succeeded in carrying him back to safety, thereby saving his life.

Residence at enlistment: 821 East Des Moines St., Estherville, Iowa (Emmet co.)

    Emmanuel Stavroulakis (Army Serial No. 42329), corporal, Company C, 16th Infantry, 1st Division. For extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. After its leader had been killed, Corporal Stavroulakis took command of a patrol and led it in an attack on a machine-gun position and captured the crew.



A bronze oak-leaf cluster is awarded to Corporal Stavroulakis for the following act of extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 19, 1918: After two others had been killed in the attempt, he carried an important message through heavy fire to battalion headquarters. Upon his return he led a patrol in attack on an enemy machine-gun position. Although wounded in both legs, he continued in the attack until the enemy machine-gun was captured.

Residence at enlistment: Estherville, Iowa (Emmet 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