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Shelby County


     Ernest J. Boysen, second lieutenant, 305th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action at Champigneulle, France, November 1, 1918. When his platoon was held up by fire from enemy machine guns and snipers Lieut. Boysen went forward in advance of his platoon in disregard of personal danger, and with a rifle brought down three enemy snipers and drove off the enemy machine gunners, thereby enabling his platoon to resume its advance.

Residence at appointment: Harlan, Iowa (Shelby 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