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Congressional Medal of Honor & Distinguished Service Cross & Distinguished Service Medal Issued by the War Department, 1919

Contributed by Tammy Clark


*Howard W. Bradshaw, sergeant, Company A, 61st Infantry. For extraordinary heroism in action at Cunel, France, October 14, 1918. His company being left without officers, he reorganized the company under severe shell fire. With absolute disregard for his personal safety, he led the company against machine-gun emplacements until he was killed. Emergency address : Charles L. Bradshaw, father, Cochranton, Pa. Residence at enlistment: Cochranton, Pa.


Harley S. Edwards, private, Battery E, 12th Field Artillery. For extraordinary heroism in action near Somme-Py, France, October 4-5, 1918. During a violent enemy counterbarrage Pvt. Edwards, with Pvt. Russell Moran, remained on duty for Í4 hours repairing the telephone line from their battery position to the battalion post of command, 250 meters away. Within this period the wires were cut by shell fire more than 20 times, but these two soldiers, displaying remarkable coolness and disregard of danger, promptly mended all breaks and maintained constant communication between the battalion and the battery commanders. Residence at enlistment: Titusville, Pa.


Joseph W. Gray, first lieutenant, 7th Engineers. For extraordinary heroism in action in Romagne, France, October 18, 1918. Although wounded, he personally supervised the construction of a bridge under severe artillery and direct machine-gun fire, thereby making it possible for the infantry and artillery to advance to more advantageous positions. Residence at appointment: 308 Second Street, Titusville, Pa.


Clarence M. Jones (Army serial No. 1247107), sergeant, Company B, 112th Infantry, 28th Division. For extraordinary heroism in action near Chatel Chéhéry, France, October 8, 1918. Ordered to clear Hill 244 of the enemy, Sergt. Jones led a patrol of seven men up a steep slope under enemy grenade fire by which four of his men were killed. Pushing on with the remaining three he silenced three machine-gun nests and 12 snipers, driving off the remainder of the Germans. He then sent one of his men back with a message and with the other two held the position for two hours until he was relieved. Residence at enlistment: 333 Lincoln Avenue, Meadville, Pa.


* Cleo Jepson Ross, first lieutenant, 8th Balloon Company, Air Service. For extraordinary heroism in action near Brabant, France, September 26, 1918. He was engaged in an important observation, regulating artillery fire, when his balloon was attacked by enemy planes. One of the planes dived from a cloud and fired at the balloon, setting fire to it, and although he could have jumped from the basket at once he refused to leave until his companion, a student observer, had jumped. He then leaped, but it was too late, for the burning balloon dropped on his parachute. He was dashed to the ground from a height of 300 meters and killed instantly. Emergency address: E. M. Ross, father, 302 North Franklin Street, Titusville, Pa. Residence at appointment: 302 North Franklin Street, Titusville, Pa.


*Clayton B. Skiff (Army .serial No. 1247001), private, Company A, 112th Infantry, 28th Division. For extraordinary heroism in action at Chatel-Chénéry, France, October 8, 1918. When his company was stopped by enemy machine-gun fire Pvt. Skiff crawled forward alone, climbed a steep hill under intense fire, and put a hostile machine-gun nest out of action. In the performance of this gallant exploit Pvt. Skiff was mortally wounded and died on the way to the hospital. Emergency address: Mrs. Maud Skiff, mother, Spartansburg, Pa. Residence at enlistment: Spartansburg, Pa.


Source: Congressional Medal of Honor & Distinguished Service Cross & Distinguished Service Medal Issued by the War Department, 1919

Distinguished Service Cross

* Indicates Posthumous Award


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