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Lieutenant-Colonel Robert E. Wood, who was nominated on April 16 by President Wilson to be a brigadier-general, is a native Missourian. He graduated from the Kansas City Central High School in 1895 and five years later was graduated from West Point. General Wood has been director of transportation with the American Expeditionary Forces in France. One brother, Capt. Stanley Wood, was killed in France in 1916 while serving with the British army. Another brother, Edward Wood, is in the American army in France. General Wood has seen service in the Phillipines and the Canal Zone.

Brigadier-General William P. Burnham, who was nominated on April 16 by President Wilson to be a major-general, is not a native Missourian. He is well known in the State, however, having served as lieutenant-colonel of the Fourth Missouri Infantry during the Spanish-American War.

Corporal Elmer Naslund, of St. Louis, a member of the United States Army Ambulance Service, has received the French cross of war for bravery. Corporal Naslund is twenty- five years old. On account of his under weight, he was rejected for the first officers' training camp. Hearing that this would also keep him from getting into the army, the navy and aviation service, he became a member of the Washington University (St. Louis) ambulance unit.

Captain Richard T. Smith, of Kansas City (Mo.), a member of the Kansas City field signal battalion, (formerly of the National Guard of Missouri), has been recommended for a distinguished service cross. Under "terrific bombardment," Captain Smith "after getting the other men to place of comparative safety, ran out, picked up Wilkenson (a wounded comrade) and carried him into the trenches, about fifty yards away. It was a deed of real courage."

Sergeant Thomas J. (Harry E.) Phillips, of St. Louis, a member of the American Expeditionary Forces, has been awarded the war cross by the French Government for bravery in rescuing comrades buried when a German shell struck a house in which fourteen soldiers were eating dinner. Sergeant Phillips and one or two others dug themselves out beneath the wrecked building and then rescued their companions, giving little heed to the shells falling around them. Every man was removed from the debris. Two were killed.

Paul E. Morris, first coxswain, and Roy F. Lambertson, coxswain, both of St. Louis, members of the crew of the munition ship Florence H., destroyed in French waters, have been recommended to Secretary Daniels as worthy of commendation for their heroic rescue work.

Lieutenant William A. Murphy, a former student of St. Louis University, whose home since 1905 has been Chicago, has been awarded the French war cross. In a fight in No Man's Land he and his men took sixty German prisoners.

"Missouri historical review"
By Francis Asbury Sampson, State Historical Society of Missouri, Floyd Calvin Shoemaker
Published by State Historical Society of Missouri, 1917 v. 12
Transcribed by Kim T. - 09

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