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Harrison County


      George R. Boustead, corporal, Company M, 168th Infantry. Corporal Boustead distinguished himself northeast of Chateau Thierry, France, on July 28, 1918, when, as the leader of a squad of four men, he raided an enemy machine gun nest held by 12 Germans. As a result of this daring work one of the enemy was killed, the other 11 captured, and their four machine guns turned upon the retreating foe.

Residence at enlistment: Woodbine, Iowa (Harrison co.)

      Ira V. Swanger, corporal, Company F, 130th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, France, November 10, 1918. After showing exceptional bravery and judgment in leading his squad against enemy machine gun positions, he was mortally wounded. Realizing that he had no chance of recovery, he refused to permit stretcher bearers to take him to the rear, urging them to care for others whose condition was less serious.

Emergency address: Mrs. Anna Rishel, mother, Persia, Iowa (Harrison co.)
Residence at enlistment: Persia, Iowa



~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