Rank and organization: Lieutenant,
U.S. Navy. Place and date: Aboard German submarine
U-90 as prisoner of war, 21 May 1918. Entered service
at: Illinois. Born: 18 December 1891, Cresco, Howard
County, Iowa. Citation: When the
U.S.S. President Lincoln was attacked and sunk by
the German submarine U-90, on 21 May 1918, Lt. Izac
was captured and held as a prisoner on board the U-90
until the return of the submarine to Germany, when he
was confined in the prison camp. During his stay on
the U-90 he obtained information of the movements of
German submarines which was so important that he
determined to escape, with a view to making this
information available to the U.S. and Allied Naval
authorities. In attempting to carry out this plan, he
jumped through the window of a rapidly moving train
at the imminent risk of death, not only from the
nature of the act itself but from the fire of the
armed German soldiers who were guarding him. Having
been recaptured and reconfined, Lt. Izac made a
second and successful attempt to escape, breaking his
way through barbed-wire fences and deliberately
drawing the fire of the armed guards in the hope of
permitting others to escape during the confusion. He
made his way through the mountains of southwestern
Germany, having only raw vegetables for food, and at
the end, swam the River Rhine during the night in the
immediate vicinity of German sentries.
Rank and organization: First
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 119th Infantry, 30th Division.
Place and date: Near Bellicourt, France, 29 September 1918.
Entered service at: Crossville, Tenn. Birth: Marshalltown,
Iowa. G. O. No.: 59, W.D., 1919. Citation: Seeing that the
left flank of his company was held up, he located the enemy
machinegun emplacement, which had been causing heavy
casualties. In the face of heavy fire he rushed it
single-handed, killing the entire crew with grenades.
Continuing along the enemy trench in advance of the company,
he reached another emplacement, which he also charged,
silencing the gun with grenades. A third machinegun
emplacement opened up on him from the left and with similar
skill and bravery he destroyed this also. Later, in company
with another sergeant, he attacked a fourth machinegun nest,
being killed as he reached the parapet of the emplacement. His
courageous action in destroying in turn 4 enemy machinegun
nests prevented many casualties among his company and very
materially aided in achieving the objective.
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel,
U.S. Army, Division Machinegun Officer, 82d Division. Place
and date: Near Vandieres, France, 15 September 1918. Entered
service at: Des Moines, Iowa. Birth: Columbia City, Iowa. G.
O. No.: 16, W. D., 1919. Citation: Having gone forward to
reconnoiter new machinegun positions, Lt. Col. Pike offered
his assistance in reorganizing advance infantry units which
had become disorganized during a heavy artillery shelling. He
succeeded in locating only about 20 men, but with these he
advanced and when later joined by several infantry platoons
rendered inestimable service in establishing outposts,
encouraging all by his cheeriness, in spite of the extreme
danger of the situation. When a shell had wounded one of the
men in the outpost, Lt. Col. Pike immediately went to his aid
and was severely wounded himself when another shell burst in
the same place. While waiting to be brought to the rear, Lt.
Col. Pike continued in command, still retaining his jovial
manner of encouragement, directing the reorganization until
the position could be held. The entire operation was carried
on under terrific bombardment, and the example of courage and
devotion to duty, as set by Lt. Col. Pike, established the
highest standard of morale and confidence to all under his
charge. The wounds he received were the cause of his death.
|* An asterisk in the citation indicates that
the award was given posthumously.