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Distinguished Service Cross Recipients

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 Mitchell County

     Carl Lee, private, Company d, 117th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action near Molain, France, October 17, 1918. Having become separated from their company in a smoke barrage, Pvt. Lee and Corpl. Henry W. Cardwell found themselves face to face with a party of the enemy. Pvt. Lee brought his automatic rifle to his shoulder and attempted to fire, but the gun was jammed and would not shoot. Seeing themselves covered by the gun, and not knowing its condition, the Germans threw up their hands, and while Pvt. Lee kept the rifle at his shoulder, Corpl. Cardwell rounded up the Germans and disarmed them. Their ruse resulted in the capture of 12 of the enemy, comprising three machine gun crews.

Residence at enlistment: Osage, Iowa (Mitchell co.)

Navy Cross

     Fred L. Sexton, private, 82d Company, 6th Regiment, United States Marine Corps. For extraordinary heroism in action near Bayonville, France, November 1, 1918. Exposing himself to enemy fire, Private Sexton, with another soldier, courageously advanced ahead of their platoon and captured 5 machine guns and 14 prisoners.

Residence at enlistment: Osage, Iowa (Mitchell 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