flag.gif (12791 bytes)By command of Major General WEIGEL:france-black.gif (7307 bytes)


Lieut. Col., General Staff,

Acting Chief of Staff.


Lieut. Colonel, A. G., adjuant



General Orders No. 23, France, 29 April, 1919.

1. The Commanding General, 88th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, France, takes pleasure in announcing that the following officers and enlisted men of the 88th Division are given Division Citations as set forth opposite their respective names, for acts of heroism in operations with the 88th Division and with other American Divisions:

Privale Harold H. Crosby, 2704204, Company "I," 352d Infantry.

"On October 31st, 1918, Private Crosby, with another man, occupied an isolated post in front of Company ‘I’ sector, Altkirch, Alsace, during a heavy box barrage laid down by the enemy. Private Crosby was wounded several times, but continued to fight, and with extreme bravery and coolness, repulsed the enemy until he was overcome by the severeness of his wounds, when he was overpowered, beaten, kicked and clubbed by the enemy. After losing one hand, he still endeavored to fire his automatic rifle with the other."

Sergeant hans Johnson, 2185990, Company "I," 352d Infantry.

"On October 31st, 1918, during a raid by the enemy, a heavy box barrage was laid around part of the sector held by Company ‘I,’ 352d Infantry, near Altkirch, Alsace. Sergeant Johnson, then a Corporal, was in charge of one of the isolated posts. At the beginning of the barrage he came out of his dugout and made his way forward. Throughout the engagement he fought with great coolness and fortitude with his automatic rifle and when the same jammed, caused by the explosion of a grenade on the parapet, he took it apart and repaired it with one hand, while he kept the enemy back by throwing hand grenades with the other, and although wounded, he continued to fight and was responsible, with one Private Harold H. Crosby, in repulsing the attack of forty of the enemy.

Private First Class John Zebren, Jr., 2162937, Company "L," 352d Infantry.

"On the morning of October 31st, 1918, while Company ‘L,’ 352d Infantry, was occupying the front line trenches in the Altkirch sector, Alsace, the enemy laid down a heavy barrage around Company ‘I’ sector on the left, overlapping the fourth platoon of Company ‘L,’ 352d Infantry. Private Zehren, in his capacity as fourth platoon runner, exhibited great heroism and courage in delivering messages through the barrage to the P. C. of his company commander."

Wagoner Frank Welninski, 2704606, Supply Company, 352d Infantry.

"At Ballersdorf in the C. R. of Badricourt, Alsace, on the 2d November, 1918, Wagoner Welninski exhibited great courage and, regardless of his own personal safety, continued to drive his water cart through heavy shell fire to assist in bringing up supplies to forward troops."

Wagoner Lars E. Dahlin, 2703975, Supply Company, 352d Infantry.

"At Ballersdorf in the C. H. of Badricourt, Alsace, on the 2d November, 1918, Wagoner Dahlin exhibited great courage and, regardless of his own personal safety, continued to drive his ration cart, loaded with supplies for forward troops, through heavy shell fire. During this period three spokes of a wheel on his wagon were cut out by shrapnel."

Second Lieutenant Donald C. Elder, Company "L," 352d Infantry.

"On the morning of October 31st, 1918, during the occupancy of Company ‘L,’ 352d Infantry, of a portion of the front line trenches in the Altkirch sector, Alsace, a heavy box barrage was laid down by the enemy in Company ‘I’ sector. This barrage overlapped the sector of the 4th platoon of Company ‘L’ on the left, which was under the command of 2d Lt. Donald C. Elder. Lt. Elder was severely wounded in the neck by shrapnel while directing his men outside of his P. C. in the early stage of the bombardment. After having received first-aid he exhibited great courage, fortitude and presence of mind; he went forward under heavy fire and took command of an isolated post of six men, where he continued to encourage those under him to resist the enemy until the close of the engagement."

Major George II. Russ, Jr., Commanding 2d Battalion, 352d Infantry.

"On the morning of November 2d, 1918, in C. 1,1. of Badricourt, Alsace, Major George H. Russ, Jr., was in the act of returning from a tour of inspection of Observation Posts located near the front line, when hostile artillery (150’s) opened shrapnel fire on line of redoubts. A Supply Wagon and Water Cart were caught in this fire. The spokes were shot out of the wheels of the Supply Wagon, and large pieces of shrapnel struck the water cart. On seeing a third wagon about to enter the zone of fire, this officer, without regard to his personal safety, passed through the zone and ordered this wagon back to the Battalion P. C. After a few minutes observation of the character of the fire, this officer saw that it was creeping toward an outpost consisting of a squad in position in a shallow trench, and that they would soon be directly in line of the fire. Here again, with great coolness and fortitude, he passed back through the zone under fire and ordered the squad forward out of danger, setting an example of bravery which inspired his command."

Private First Class Leonard Harrison Ross, 3298469, Hq. Co., 351st Infantry.

"This telephone operator, on the night of 12th October, 1918, at Eglingen, Alsace, during heavy artillery bombardment of high explosive and gas, which continued to cut lateral lines of communication and those to his Battalion P. (IX, skillfully repaired these lines, wearing his gas mask the while, thus maintaining constant communication between the right flank unit and the Battalion P. C."

Sergeant Boyd Mael, 2156737, Company "K," 35Ist Infantry.

"On October 12, 1918, near Eglingen, Alsace, this soldier (lisplayed extraordinary bravery and coolness while under heavy bombardment of high explosive and gas shells, in establishing and maintaining liaison between the platoon P. C. and front line trenches, and in guiding his platoon commander to the front lines, which were at that time under heavy fire."

Private First Class Charles A. Lyons, 3309525, Company "D," 350th Infantry.

"On 14th October, 1918, during an attack by the Germans at Ammertzwiller, Alsace, Private Lyons, together with another American and one lrenchman, were being surrounded. Private Lyons killed one of the enemy who was barring their escape, thus preventing the capture of all three."

Private Anthony Mernofski, 3224703, Company "D," 350th Infantry.

"During an attack at Ammertzwiller, Alsace, on October 14th, 1918, by a large number of Germans, Private Mernofski held the enemy with hand grenades until he was wounded and captured, thus allowing the safe escape of several of his comrades."

First Lieutenant Edgar Campbell, Company "H," 350th Infantry.

"During a heavy bombardment on the night of October 12, 1918, at Balschwiller, Lt. Campbell exhibited unusual coolness in leading his platoon from a heavily shelled area to a place of safety, and sent reports of the situation promptly to Company P. C."

Second Lieutenant William H. Nourse, Company "H," 350th Infantry.

Second Lieutenant Stanley J. O’Connor, Company "H," 350th Infantry.

"During heavy bombardment of the front line on the night of October 12th, 1918, at Balschwiller, Lt. Nourse and Lt. O’Connor personally visited the posts of their respective platoons, the co-ordinates of which were accurately known to the enemy, and removed their men to a place of safety, thereby avoiding heavy casualties; and sent a report of the situation promptly to Company P. C."

Mechanic George W. Hinchcliffe, 3230644, Company "H," 350th Infantry.

"During a heavy bombardment at Balschwiller on the night of October 12, 1918, Mechanic Hincheliffe exhibited great bravery and coolness in directing the evacuation of the wounded to the Battalion dressing station, remaining in the heavily shelled area for that purpose, with utter disregard for his own safety."

Private First Class Harvey M. Dorris, 323882, Company "H," 350th Infantry.

"During a heavy bombardment at Balschwiller on the night of October 12, 1918, Private Dorris voluntarily and with absolute disregard for his own safety (lirected and helped remove sick men from an exposed position to a place of safety."

Corporal Horace A. Love, 2155354, Company "H," 350th Infantry.

Corporal Clarence 0. Sullivan, 3231147, Company "H," 350th Infantry.

"After having entered and occupied the enemy front line opposite Balschwiller with a detail of American and French soldiers and being cut off from communication with our own troops, Corporals Love and Sullivan volunteered to return across No Man’s Land to our own lines for the purpose of obtaining food for the detail in disregard of the advice of the more experienced French soldiers. They did this and returned with food for the de~il, having made the trip over open ground and under constant observation of the enemy."

Second Lieutenant Raymond L. Abel, Company "C," 350th Infantry.

"On October 12, 1918, at Balschwiller, Alsace, during a German raid Lt. Abel showed coolness and absolute disregard for his own safety while under bombardment of guns of heavy caliber; visiting all the posts in his platoon sector, encouraging the men, and by so doing the enemy were driven out of a position in salient which they had penetrated in the center of company sector.

Sergeant John Aschemann, 2857296, Company "G," 350th Infantry.

Private First Class Lester Clark, 3230958, Company "G," 350th Infantry.

"On October 12, 1918, in Balschwiller, Alsace, during a German raid on our trenches the above-named soldiers stuck to their posts during intensive bombardment of guns of heavy caliber and succeeded in driving out a detachment of the enemy which had penetrated a salient in the center of company sector; and, by their acts of bravery, defeated the plans of the enemy.

Captain Peter V. Brethorst, 350th Infantry. (Posthumous Citation.)

"On the night of October 12, 1918, at Balschwiller, Haute-Alsace, a heavy bombardment by hostile artillery was laid on his company, proceeding in column of half platoons along a ranged road immediately behind the first line trenches. Th:s officer passed along the line several times, issuing orders and placeing his men in safety, before taking cover himself. His coolness was responsible for saving the lives of many of his own men. He was fatally wounded in carrying out this plan."

Private Lewis R. Eads, 3232336, Company "D," 350th Infantry.

Private Jacob A. Hoover, 3231100, Company "D," 350th Infantry.

Private Joseph 0. Horton, 3231092, Company "D," 350th Infantry.

"At Ammertzwiller, Haute-Alsace, on the 14th of October, 1918, the Amencan-French outposts were attacked at dawn by the Germans and driven in. After capturing a German soldier, these men were cut off from retreat. They escaped capture by concealing themselves, with their prisoner, in an old cellar; remained there during an artillery bombardment throughout the day, and returned the next night with their prisoner to their own lines, displaying unusual coolness under trying circumstances.

First Lieutenant George W. Prichard, Co. "D," 338th Machine Gun Battalion.

"On the night of October 12, 1918, near Balschwiller, Haute-Alsace, this officer was ordered to make, in company with other officers and non-commissioned officers, a reconnaissance of an advanced position preliminary to the arrival of a working party. During the reconnaissance the group was surrounded and captured by an enemy raiding party. This officer, by his coolness and wit, effected his escape from his captors and worked his way back to our lines."

Captain George E. Wilkinson, A. D. C., Cavalry, 88th Division.

"On August 20, 1918, at Montaon Farm, France, Captain Wilkinson, being on duty as A. D. C. of Commanding General, 56th Infantry Brigade, 28th Division, A. E. F. while under heavy artillery bombardment, with entire disregard to his personal safety, did see that the men of the detachment were sent to cover, did assist in carrying two badly wounded men to safety; and did remain on duty in the open directing runners and signalmen to safety.

"On August 28, 1918, near St. Gilles, France, Captain Wilkinson carried messages to the regimental P. C. of the 112th Infantry, over an area then being subjected to fire from low-flying bombardment-planes; and by rare presence of mind in taking cover between successive bursts of bombs, was able to deliver important messages in safety."

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