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Fayette County

     Elmer J. Kilcher, private first class, Company D, 130th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action at Fresnes-en-Woevre, France, November 10, 1918. Pvt. Kilcher voluntarily returned through the enemy's barrage aafter a raid to rescue another soldier who had been wounded and was himself wounded as a result of his self-sacrificing effort.

Residence at enlistment: Waucoma, Iowa (Fayette co.)

       Arthur L. Walters (Army Serial No. 204377), sergeant, Company B, 2d, Ammunition Train. For extraordinary heroism in action near Beaumont, France, November 9, 1918. Sergt. Walters was in charge of a convoy of ammunition trucks which was halted in the town. An enemy shell struck the train and set one of the trucks on fire. Although knocked down by the explosion, Sergt. Walters quickly recovered himself and moved his convoy to safety, after which he returned and, jumping to the wheel of the blazing truck, drove to a place where it no longer endangered the lives of others, and extinguished the fire, saving both trucks and ammunition .

Residence at enlistment: Wadena, Iowa (Fayette 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