While on duty as French Liaison officer with the
371st Infantry, this officer was knocked down by a
shell which burst near by during a severe artillery
barrage. He immediately resumed the advance
with the utmost coolness, affording an excellent
example to the men near him. During the whole
battle he was many times exposed to heavy fire in
maintaining liaison and performing other voluntary
service; his experience, sang froid, and judgment
assisting materially in the success of the operation.
Home address not given.
GAY, JAMES H. . . . First Lieutenant
30th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in ac-
tion near Crezancy, France, July 15, 1918. When
his small force of about 30 men was almost entirely
surrounded by greatly superior forces of the enemy,
Lieut. Gay, refusing to surrender, cut his way out
by delivering a deadly fire from both his front and
rear. He also captured about 150 prisoners, includ-
ing a major, and his remarkable gallantry aided
greatly in breaking up the German drive of July 15.
Home address, James H. Gay, father, 345 Pelham
Road, Germantown. Pa.
GAY, LUTHER Private
Company L, 6th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near the Bois de Chatillon,
France, November 5, 1918. As Private Gay and
another soldier were going to the rear to guide the
remainder of their company to its position, they
were fired on from an enemy machine-gun nest.
Attacking the nest, they killed four of the crew
and captured one prisoner, driving off the remain-
der. Home address, Lindsey Gay, father, Adrian,
GAYLORD, BRADLEY J. . First Lieutenant
Pilot, 1st Day Bombardment Group, Air Service.
For extraordinary heroism in action between Cham-
bley and Xammes, France, September 13, 1918.
While leading an important mission with two other
planes, he was attacked by 15 enemy planes.
Nevertheless, he and his observer carried out the
mission, bombed the objective in a running fight,
and shot down at least one enemy plane. Home ad-
dress, Mrs. Harvey R. Gaylord, mother, 113 High
Street, Buffalo, N. Y.
GAYNIER, CHARLES E Private
Company C, 105th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September
30, 1918. He exhibited exceptional bravery in vol-
untarily leaving shelter, going forward under heavy
shell and machine-gun fire and bringing back to our
lines several wounded comrades. Mitchell Gaynier,
father, William Stone Station, Mass.
GEARHARD, AUGUST F. . First Lieutenant
Chaplain, 328th Infantry. For repeated acts of
extraordinary heroism in action at Norroy and Van-
dieres, France, September 15-16, 1918, and at Cha-
tel Cheh6ry, and Sommerance, France, October
3-20. During this advance of his regiment from
Norroy to Vandieres he displayed exceptional brav-
ery and fidelity to his duties by working two days
and nights without sleeping, recovering and remov-
ing to the rear the killed and wounded, making fre-
quent trips into No Man's Land under heavy shell
fire for this purpose. In the operations at Chatel
Chehery and Sommerance this officer again distin-
guished himself by remaining constantly at the ad-
vanced aid station assisting the surgeon, adminis-
tering aid to the wounded, cheering and comforting
them. Home address, 469 Twenty-fourth Street,
GEE, OTHEL J First Lieutenant
Medical Corps, 20th Field Artillery. For extra-
ordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye,
France, September 27, 1918. Lieutenant Gee vol-
untarily ran to the assistance of a wounded soldier,
dressed his wounds, and carried him to shelter
through severe shell fire. Home address, Mrs. L. C.
Gee, mother, 3531 West Lee Street, Greenville, Tex.
GEER, CLARENCE W. . . First Lieutenant
102d Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in
action at St. Hilaire, France, September 18-19,
1918. While advancing with a raiding party, in
the face of heavy machine-gun fire, he charged alone
into the woods and captured two prisoners single-
handed. After the raiding party had retired, he
again went back alone into the woods under the
same heavy machine-gun fire, to locate wounded
who had been left behind. His courage and excep-
tional bravery set an example to his men which con-
tributed greatly to the success of the raid. Home
address, Mrs. M. F. Geer, wife, 237 Church Street,
GEER, FREDERICK W Private
Company M, 312th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Grand-Pre 1 , France, October
26, 1918. In the face of heavy machine-gun fire and
on his own initiative, Private Geer left a place of
safety and made his way by crawling to the side of a
wounded comrade, administering first-aid treat-
ment. Home address, Mrs. Mary Geer, 231 Madi-
son Avenue, Albany, N. Y.
GEER, PRENTICE S Corporal
67th Company, 5th Regiment, U. S. M. C. At
Chateau-Thierry, France, on June 6, 1918, having
become isolated when the enemy counter-attacked
his group, he courageously charged with a bayonet
and, with the assistance of his comrades, captured a
machine-gun crew and repulsed the attack at that
point. Home address, Mrs. Helen Geer, mother,
993 Fairmont Avenue, St. Paul, Minn.
GEHRIS, JACK D. . . Private (First Class)
Medical Detachment, 308th Infantry. For extra-
ordinary heroism in action near Binarville, France,
October 2 and 5, 1918. Under a heavy enemy bar-
rage Private Gehris went to the rescue of two severe-
ly wounded men and carried them to a place offering
scant shelter, where they were forced to remain until
aid arrived the next morning. On October 5, 1918,
when a shell struck his first-aid station, killing two
and wounding five others, he, although wounded,
adminsitered first aid to his comrades before re-
ceiving medical attention for himself. Home ad-
dress, Pearl Allegars, friend, 17 Broad Street,
GEIGER, FRANK F Sergeant
95th Company, 6th Marines. For extraordinary
heroism in action in the Forest of Argonne, France,
November 1, 1918. Sergeant Geiger displayed
great coolness and courage in leading his section
against machine-gun positions. He was later se-
verely wounded while rushing a machine-gun nest
unaided. Home address, Frank S. Geiger, father,
1331 Seneca Street, Buffalo, N. Y.
GENICKE, RAYMOND .... Private
Company H, 128th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Juvigny, France, August 29,
1918. Private Genicke accompanied an officer in
advancing ahead of the first wave under intense
machine-gun and shell fire to within a few feet of
an enemy trench and captured 75 prisoners. He
then entered this trench and took ten more of the
enemy. Home address, Mrs. R. J. Genicke, wife,
499 Third Avenue, Detroit, Mich.
GENEST, PAUL P Mechanic
Company L, 23d Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Vaux, France, July 1, 1918.
He picked up a live grenade thrown into his group
from an enemy dugout and hurled it back into the
dugout, killing and wounding a number of the
enemy and saving the lives of several comrades.
Home address, Arthur Genest, 111 Gresham Ave-
nue, Lowell, Mass.
GENRICH, LUDWIG .... Mechanic
Company I, 60th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action at Clery le Petit, France, Novem-
ber 6, 1918. His company having been held up by
enemy machine-gun fire, Mechanic Genrich, with
his platoon leader and another soldier, attacked a
machine-gun nest, killing two of the crew and cap-
turing eight prisoners, thereby permitting the com-
pany to advance and establish a bridgehead. Home
address, Carl Genrich, 107 Colfax, Street, South
GENTRY, CARL C. . . Private (First Class (
Company D, 139th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Baulny, France, September
30, 1918. Upon his own initiative, Private Gentry
organized a platoon composed of disorganized
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men from various units, and led it through terrific
machine-gun fire, stopping an advance of the en-
emy. In performing this courageous feat he was
severely wounded. Home address, John Gentry,
father, Twenty-first and Lulu Streets, Trenton,
GENTRY, HERMAN D Private
Deceased. Company C, 167th Infantry. Died
March 11, 1918, of wounds that were received in
action while fighting gallantly near Pexonne,
France, March 5, 1918. He showed courageous
devotion to duty by remaining at his post under
heavy shell fire. Next of kin, Morgan Gentry,
father, Hunts ville, Ala.
GEORGE, HAROLD H. . . First Lieutenant
139th Aero Squadron. For extraordinary heroism
in action near Bantheville, France, October 27,
1918. Lieutenant George displayed great courage in
attacking a formation of four enemy planes (Fokker
type) , destroying two of them in a terrific fight and
driving the other two back to their own territory.
Home address, William F. George, brother, 210
East Tenth Street, Brooklyn, N. Y.
GEORGE, RUBIN L.
Company A. 59th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Brieulles, France, Septem-
ber 29, 1918. After his platoon had become badly
disorganized under heavy fire, and all the sergeants
had been killed or wounded, Corporal George took
charge of the platoon, reorganized it with great
courage, and initiative, and led it on in the attack
against hostile machine guns. He was wounded
shortly afterwards, but he remained throughout
the night where he had fallen refusing to be evac-
uated till all the other wounded had been cared for.
Home address, Mrs. Amelia George, mother, San
GETCHELL, CHARLES H. . Mess Sergeant
Battery F, 151st Field Artillery. For extraordin-
ary heroism in action near Pannes, France, Septem-
ber 21, 1918. While the terrain was under heavy
artillery fire from the enemy, Sergeant Getchell,
observing some wounded men lying in the open
without attention, ran to their aid of his own voli-
tion, administered to their wounds, and helped
carry them to a place of safety, after which he again
went out into the shell-swept area and made a care-
ful reconnaissance of the fields, searching for any
other casualties which he might have overlooked.
Home address, Mrs. W. H. Day, sister, 3516 Port-
land Avenue, Minneapolis, Minn.
GEYER, ROBERT E Private
Battery E, 12th Field Artillery. For extraordin-
ary heroism in action near Thiaucourt, France,
September 12, 1918. While acting as spare gunner,
Private Geyer sprang, at a word from his executive
officer, to act as No. 1 in the supplementary gun
crew for the first piece, whose entire crew were cas-
ualties. He assisted in laying aside the dead and
wounded and continued in the service of his piece
until the barrage was captured. Home address,
Charles A. Geyer, 909 Portage Avenue, South Bend,
GHOLSTON, JABEZ G Captain
6th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in ac-
tion near Fontraines, France, November 7, 1918.
Captain Gholston personally led several of his pla-
toons against machine-guns on the fiank of the at-
tacking battalion and reduced that resistance. He
was wounded by shell fire upon reaching the objec-
tive, but remained with his company until the posi-
tion had been organized and an advance upon a new
objective begun. Home address, Mr. W. N. Ghol-
aton, father, Woodland, Miss.
GIBBONS, JAMES J Sergeant
Deceased. 45th Company, 5th Regiment, U. S.
M. C. Killed in action at Chateau-Thierry, France,
June 6, 1918, he gave the supreme proof of that ex-
traordinary heroism which will serve as an example
to hitherto untried troops. Next of kin, Miss
Evelyn Gibbons, sister, 61 West Ninety-third
Street, New York City.
GIBBS, DUDLEY R. . . Private (First Class)
Battery E, 150th Field Artillery. For extraor-
dinary heroism in action near Fleville, France, Oc-
tober 28, 1918. Acting as courier, Private Gibbs
was riding through an intense shelling and, stopping
at a cry of help, observed two members of his or-
ganization lying in the road. Going to their aid, he
found that one man was already dead and the other
seriously wounded. He administered aid under
most harassing conditions, and assisted in his re-
moval to a dressing station. Home address, Mrs.
Hattie M. Gibbs Blair, mother, Miami, Okla.
GIBNEY, JOHNJ Corporal
Battery F, 10th Field Artillery. For extraor-
dinary heroism in action near Greves Farm, France,
July 15, 1918. Responding to a call for volunteers,
Corporal Gibney, with eight other soldiers, manned
two guns of a French battery which had been de-
serted by the French during the unprecedented fire,
after many casualties had been inflicted on their
forces. For two hours he remained at his post and
poured an effective fire into the ranks of the enemy.
Home address, Miss Mary Gibney, 311 East Fourth
Street, Tucson, Ariz.
GIBSON, CHARLES S Private
82d Company, 6th Regiment of Marines. For ex-
traordinary heroism in action near Bayonville,
France, November 1, 1918. Private Gibson volun-
teered and went forward to reconnoiter a ravine
which was infested with hostile machine-gun and
artillery positions, returning with several prisoners.
Home address, Mrs. Charles W. Gibson, 101 Walnut
Street, Batesville, Ind.
GIBSON, RALPH Sergeant
Company H, 370th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action at Beaume, France, November 8,
1918. Sergeant Gibson, then private, led his platoon
across a fire-swept zone in the advance of the ob-
jective, encouraging his men by his fearless example.
On the same day he was placed in charge of two im-
portant reconnoitering patrols, whose mission was
to locate enemy machine-gun positions that were
known to be in the path of the advance of the com-
pany. He accomplished the mission, constantly ex-
posed to enemy fire, and brought back important
information. Home address, Mrs. Rose B. Gibson,
mother, 4306 Forestville Avenue, Chicago, 111.
GIBSON, RAYMOND Corporal
Company K, 6th Regiment, U. S. M. C. In the
Bois de Belleau, on June 8, 1918, he handled alone a
Chauchat rifle with such accuracy in the face of an
extremely heavy fire that his platoon was enabled to
move against the enemy machine-gun platoon.
Home address, Kingsport, Tenn.
GIBSON, THOMAS R. . . First Lieutenant
18th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in ac-
tion near Soissons, France, July 21, 1918. He dis-
played rare gallantry and leadership when, all the
other officers of his company having been killed or
wounded, he led his men through a zone of intense
bombardment, and, although badly wounded him-
self, he attained his objective with only five men and
two machine-guns, refusing to be evacuated until
his guns were effectively in action. Home address,
J. D. Gibson, 3647 Flournoy Street, Chicago, 111
GICLAIS, DE LA Lieutenant
French Army, attached to 42d Division. In the
action of March 5, 1918, near Pexonne, France, al-
though he might have remained in a place of safety,
he went to the position of Battery C, 151st Field
Artillery, when it was under bombardment by accu-
rately adjusted artillery, and by his courage and
coolness, assisted the officers and men of the com-
GIESCKE, LEWIS M Private
Company I, 132d Infantry. For repeated acts of
extraordinary heroism in action near Brieulles,
France, October 9-12, 1918. Private Giescke ad-
ministered first aid to many comrades under heavy
shell fire and assisted them to the aid station. When
his company was in need of water he went alone un-
der heavy machine-gun fire, in direct view of the
enemy, and procured it. Each night he personally
guided the ration detail through heavy bombard-
ment. Toward the end of the engagement, after his
platoon sergeant and the other noncommissioned
officers had become casualties, Private Giescke took
charge of the platoon, displaying unusual leadership.
Home address, Herman Giescke, father, Poplar
GIET, AUGUSTE ALBERT
Private (First Class)
Second Coast Artillery Corps, French Army. For
extraordinary heroism in action on July 22, 1918.
While his company was surrounded by the enemy
after an attack, Soldat Giet volunteered and estab-
lished liaison with his battalion, his mission being
successfully accomplished despite the severe fire
from many machine-guns in the vicinity.
GIGER, GEORGE J. . . First Lieutenant
114th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in
action north of Y er dun, France, October 12, 1918.
While leading his platoon in attack, Lieutenant
Giger was wounded but refused evacuation, en-
couraging his men to continue, when he was again
wounded. He then assisted in the removal of the
wounded and refused attention until all others had
received first aid. Home address, Mrs. George J.
Giger, wife, 321 Fair Street, Paterson, N. J.
GILBERT, FRANCIS W Captain
307th Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in
action near Fismes, France, August 26, 1918, and
near Remille, France, November 10, 1918. On
August 26 Captain Gilbert made a daylight
reconnaissance of the ruins of the Tannerie, near
Fismes, entered Fismes under direct observation
and fire of the enemy and continued his reconnais-
sance along the Rouen-Rheims road, under ma-
chine-gun fire, for the purpose of ascertaining
whether or not the terrain was favorable for an
attack on the Chateau du Diable. On November
10 he voluntarily led a patrol across the River
Meuse, and located the enemy positions. Home ad-
dress, Mrs. Frederick Gilbert, mother, 389 Genesee
Street, Utica. N. Y.
GILBERT, LESLIE T Private
Company B, 5th Marines. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Blanc Mont Ridge, France,
October 4, 1918. Private Gilbert volunteered to
rescue a comrade from a most violent barrage. Al-
though severely wounded while performing this
courageous deed, he continued until his task was
accomplished. Home address, Harry T. Gilbert,
father, R. F. D. 1, Strum, Wis.
GILBERTIE, JOHN S Corporal
Company E, 327th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Corney, France, October
7-26, 1918. During the entire action from October
7, Corporal Gilbertie carried messages from the
front line to battalion and regimental headquarters,
although suffering from the effects of gas and sick-
ness. On two occasions he volunteered and led
patrols into the enemy terrirory, obtaining and re-
turning with information of the utmost importance
and value. Next of kin, Antonio Gilbertie, father,
GILCHRIST, EDWARD J. . Second Lieutenant
102d Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in
action near Verdun, France, October 29, 1918. After
the advance of his company had been held up by in-
tense machine-gun and rifle fire, Lieutenant Gil-
christ successfully gathered together the scattered
members of his command and consolidated his posi-
tion. He then exposed himself to great danger from
heavy machine-gun fire by crawling far in advance
of our lines and rescuing several wounded men who
were lying helpless, unprotected in shell holes.
Home address, Mrs. T. F. Gilchrist, mother, 657
Church Street, Richmond Hill, N. Y.
GILFILLAN, DEAN M Captain
Tank Corps. For extraordinary heroism in ac-
tion near Varennes, France, October 26, 1918. Cap-
tain Gilfillan destroyed two machine-guns and in-
flicted heavy losses on a column of German infantry
after his tank had been set on fire by two direct hits
by enemy artillery and he himself wounded by ma-
chine-gun fire. He left his tank only when explos-
ion was imminent, was wounded a second time by
shell fragments, but remained at his post until he
had turned over his command to another officer.
Home address, S. G. Gilfillan, father, 1001 South
Sixth Street, Ironton, Ohio.
GILKERSON, SHANKLIN EBENEZER .
167th Ambulance Company. For extraordinary
heroism in action at St. Benoit, France, September
16, 1918. While the regimental dressing station
was under heavy shell fire he volunteered to lead
a squad of litter bearers to rescue several wounded
men of another regiment who had been caught in a
heavy barrage. Although he was wounded him-
self, he succeeded in leading the squad for a dis-
tance of 3 kilometers through a constant severe
bombardment under direct observation of the
enemy artillery and snipers to an outpost outside
of his own regimental sector. He brought in one
wounded officer and seven severely wounded
soldiers without losing any of his men. Home ad-
dress, Mrs. M. M. Gilkerson, mother, Locust
Avenue, Kansas City, Mo.
GILL, JOHN H Sergeant
Headquarters Company 120th Infantry. For ex-
traordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt,
France, September 29, 1918. After being twice
wounded during the attack, Sergeant Gill, with his
trench-mortar section men, who had become lost
from other companies, and stragglers, attacked a
strong machine-gun position at the junction of the
tunnel and canal and was wounded the third time.
During the attack he was wounded in 13 places by
machine-gun bullets and shrapnel, but continued
the attack with the utmost coolness and bravery.
Home address, T. S. Gill, father, R. F. D. 4,
Henderson, N. C.
GILL, MARTIN MATTHEW . . .
. . . . Private (First Class)
Company A, 65th Infantry. For extraordinary
heroism in action near Landres-et-St. Georges,
France, October 15, 1918. Displaying remarkable
coolness and bravery, under heavy artillery and
machine-gun fire, Private Gill volunteered in every
way possible to assist in administering to the wound-
ed. Going forward over hazardous area, he brought
in a wounded comrade to a place of safety. Home
address, Mrs. Margaret Gill, mother, 431 West
Twenty-fourth Street, New York City.
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GILL, RAYMOND Sergeant
Deceased. Company D, 308th Infantry. For
extraordinary heroism in action near Ville Savoye,
France, August 24, 1918. During the advance of
his company across the Vesle River, Sergeant Gill,
disregarding his severe wounds, insisting on leading
a patrol to capture a sniper, who was occupying a
formidable position to fire on our men. While on
this precarious mission, Sergeant Gill was killed.
Next of kin, Mrs. Mary Gill, mother, 327 Eighth
Avenue, Long Island City, N. Y.
GILL, WILLIAM TIGNOR, Jr. . Lieutenant
Medical Corps, U. S. N., attached to the 6th
Regiment, U. S. M. C. For extraordinary heroism
in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. He
established a forward dressing station behind the
advanced lines and for 15 hours treated the wounded
and directed their evacuation while subjected to
intense front and flank fire and in the absence of ad-
equate shelter. His fearlessness under these condi-
tions saved the lives of many wounded who would
otherwise have been lost to the service. He disre-
garded personal danger and remained in an exposed
position in order to give immediate care to the un-
fortunate. 442 M Street, Northwest, Washington,
GILLEN, EDWARD N Private
Ambulance Company 148, 112th Sanitary Train.
For extraordinary heroism in action near Heurne,
Belgium, November 4, 1918. With two other sol-
diers, Private Gillen volunteered to rescue two
wounded men, who had been lying in an exposed
position on the opposite bank of the Scheldt River
for two days. Making two trips across the stream,
in the face of heavy machine-gun and shell fire, he
and his companions succeeded in carrying both the
wounded men to shelter. Home address, Mrs. Mary
Anna Gillen, mother, 347 West Delaware Street,
GILLESPIE, PETER Sergeant
Machine Gun Company, 165th Infantry. For es-
traordinary heroism in action near Villers-sur-Fere,
France, July 29, 1918, and Landres-et-St. Georges,
France, October 15, 1918. Locating an enemy
sniper, Sergeant Gillespie, then a private, took the
rifle of a dead comrade, and with no regard to per-
sonal safety, crawled forward under heavy machine-
gun fire to a position far in advance of the assault-
ing wave. After an exchange of shots, he killed an
enemy sniper, who had killed or wounded several
members of his battalion, and worked his was back
to his own lines through an area swept by fire from
nearby heights. When all of his officers had been
evacuated, he rallied the survivors of his company
and held them to their task, after another company
had been sent up as relief. He aided materially in
the repulse of a strong counterattack, although
suffering from the effects of gas, refusing to be evac-
uated till he became exhausted and was carried
from the field. Home address, Mrs, George Reis,
1024 Johns Avenue, New York City.
GILLESPIE, WILLIAM L.
Deceased. Company G, 16th Infantry. For ex-
traordinary heroism in action in the Forest of Ar-
gonne, France, October, 1918. While carrying a
message from the support to the firing line, Private
Gillespie was severely wounded, but he continued
on his mission and delivered his message. Home ad-