Major Russ won the "Citation Star" for
actions in the war. In 1932, the Citation
Star (initially created by Wilson in 1918) was re-named the "Silver
and all Citation Star recipients could have the replacement award sent
them upon proof of ownership.
The following information is extracted from "Roster of the Men and
Women Who Served in the Army or Naval Service (Including the Marine
Corps) of the
United States or its Allies from the State of North Dakota in the World
War, 1917-1918 Volume 4 Rich to Zygmond" as obtained by Alan L. Russ
Ancestry.com, 28 Apr 2000:
"Name: George Henry Russ, Jr.
Army #: none
Registrant: no, enlisted prior
Birth Place: Brooklyn, N. Y.
Birth Date: 13 Jul 1880
Parent's Origin: of American parents
Comment: enrolled in the First Officers Training Camp at Fort Snelling,
Minn., on May 14, 1917; commissioned Captain on Aug. 15, 1917; called
active service and sent to Camp Dodge, Iowa; assigned to 88th Division,
352nd Infantry, to discharge. Promoted: Major, May 29, 1918; overseas
Aug. 3, 1918, to June 1, 1919. Engagement: Defensive Sector: Center
(Alsace). Discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa, on June 15, 1919, as a Major.
Previous military record: Pennsylvania National Guard, from March 15,
to May 12, 1898. Spanish-American War service, Pennsylvania Volunteer
Infantry, April 27, 1898, to March 11, 1899. Pennsylvania National
July 10, 1899, to Sept. 3, 1901. Cited in General Orders No. 23,
Headquarters, 88th Division, AEF, Army Post office No. 795, France,
1919, as follows: "On the morning of November 2, 1918, in C. R., of
Badricourt, Alsace, Major George H. Russ, Jr., was in the act of
from a tour of inspection of observation posts located near the front
when hostile artillery (150's) opened shrapnel fire on line of redoubts.
supply wagon and water cart were caught in this fire. The spokes were
out of the wheels of the supply wagon, and large pieces of shrapnel
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
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
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
under fire and ordered the squad forward out of danger, setting an
of bravery which inspired his command. Entitled to wear a silver star.
Awarded Spanish War Service Medal."
As the record above indicates, Major Russ also served in the
Spanish-American War. There is still some confusion as to whether
retired from the service as a major (per above) or as a lieutenant
(as other records suggest).
bio courtesy of Jon Mattes
Russ was his great-uncle.