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Catalog Number 1977.13.54
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Accession number 1977.13
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1977.13.54_C.O. Battery B., 129th F.A. to Lottie Hewitt_March 21, 1919_Page 01

March 21, 1919. From: CO., Btry. B 129th F.A. To: Commander in Chief, American E.F. (Thru channels.) Subject: Recommendations for award of Distinguished Service Cross. 1. Corp. Clyde C. Chilson, 1464365, Btry. B, 129th F.A., for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty on the night of October 1-2, 1918, during a hostile mustard gas and H.E. shell attack at Charpentry, France. During the night and morning he went among the men to make secure their mask protection and by making a number of gas tests, was himself gassed, yet continued his duty, thus saving many lives. He continued to perform his duties while in a serious state of gas poisoning, without divulging his physical condition to his comrades or his battery commander. He died in hospital from the effects of gas several days later. The nearest of kin of above soldier is Mrs. Lottie Hewitt, 3316 Wayne Ave., Kansas City, [Missouri] 1. Pvt 1cl Horace Tucker, 1465520, Btry. B, 129th F.A., for extraordinary heroism on the night of October 1-2, 1918, near Charpentry, France, under hostile fire of 150-mm. H.E. and mustard gas shells which killed 45 horses; he remained on duty with the battery horses, despite the great danger to himself, adjusting the horses' masks. During the same night, after himself being assed, he assisted in carrying a wounded infantryman to the dressing station, and while [m.s. illegible: 1 wd] engaged was injured by shell fragments, but continued with his wounded comrade, and returned and performed duty and assistance until his battery commander ordered him taken to dressing station himself. The nearest of kin of above soldier is Mrs. Myrtle Fisher, Sister, 1940 N. Fifth St., Kansas City, Kansas. 1. Pvt 1cl Harry M. Mitchell, 1464409, Btry. B, 129th F.A., for extraordinary heroism on October 3, 1918, at Charpentry, France. While on duty he volunteered to take the message of a wounded motor-cycle messenger who was struck off his motorcycle at Charpentry by an exploding hostile shell. Pvt. Mitchell volunteered and took the message and mission from the wounded messenger, Pvt. Fairbanks, mounted the motorcycle, and after fruitless search failed to find officer to whom message was directed. He rode through heavy shell fire and finally returned message and motorcycle to its origin at Neuvilly, and reported back to his organization. Soldier's nearest of kin is: Mrs. Mary E. Mitchell, Mother, Savannah, Missouri.

From the service of Corporal Clyde Chilson, Battery B., 129th F.A., 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date n.d.
Subjects World War I
Distinguished Service Cross
Military decorations
Gas masks
Gas warfare
War casualties
Death & burial
Military hospitals
Gun shots
Wounds & injuries
Dressing station
Medical aspects of war
Medical care
Medical facilities
Message carriers