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Mahaska County

     Paul Cross, private, Machine Gun Company, 325th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 12, 1918. After his machine gun squad had been dispersed by a sweeping enemy fire he continued to operate his gun alone until forced to leave it by the overwhelming enemy attack. He then killed two of the enemy with his pistol, but was severely wounded in the encounter. His unusual bravery and daring contributed materially to the success of his regiment in the action.

Residence at enlistment: Lacey, Iowa (Mahaska co.)

    Kenneth Watts (army serial No. 2857069), private, Company B, 360th Infantry, 90th Division. For extraordinary heroism in action at Andevanne, France, November 2, 1918. Sent with another runner from battalion headquarters to deliver a message to a front line company, he made his way through the enemy fire, and when his comrade was wounded, delivered the message, then he rescued his wounded companion, carrying him under heavy fire to a dressing station. He then returned to duty.

Residence at enlistment: Barnes City, Iowa (Mahaska 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