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Interesting Notes:
1LT Richard J. Walsh was a Dental Corps officer.

Conrad Wesselhoeft (Medical Corps) received the DSC twice, as a 1LT and as a CPT.

1LT Frank L. Williams (Medical Corps) is a double recipient of the award.

There are indications that PFC Frederick Yannantuono was a dental assistant.

* Denotes Posthumous Award

WAGNER, DONALD L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
314th Ambulance Company, 304th Sanitary Train, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Donald L. Wagner, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 29, 1918. Sergeant Wagner heard a cry for help while in a dugout haying his own wounds dressed. Although it was during particularly heavy shell fire, he immediately went outside and carried the wounded man to shelter. Later that day, when the dressing station caught fire, he made his way into the burning dressing station under heavy shell fire and secured surgical equipment necessary to save a patient's life.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Winston-Salem, NC

WAITE, HOWARD E.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Howard E. Waite, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Juvigny, France, August 31, 1918. Facing heavy enemy machine-gun fire, Private First Class Waite volunteered to go out and administer first aid to wounded soldiers lying on an open field, saving the lives of five men and alleviating the suffering of many others. After dark he continued his work until all the wounded had been removed to the rear and their wounds dressed.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Highland Park, MI

WALSH, RICHARD J.
First Lieutenant (Dental Corps), U.S. Army
303d Engineers (Attached), 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard J. Walsh, First Lieutenant (Dental Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Marg, France, October 18, 1918. Voluntarily acting as battalion medical officer, Lieutenant Walsh, although severely gassed, administered first aid to injured men under heavy shell fire, He worked constantly until all the wounded were removed to places of safety.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

WALTON, CHARLES WAYNE
Private, U.S. Army
Section No. 635, Ambulance Service, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles Wayne Walton, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Woel, France, October 6, 1918. Private Walton proceeded to a point within 15 meters of the German line to rescue the surviving member of a small French patrol. He placed the man in his car and was proceeding under fire when his car became disabled. He removed the wounded man under a severe fire to a place of safety. On the same day. in order to quickly evacuate two severely wounded men whose only chance of recovery lay in being promptly removed to a hospital, he went fearlessly through barrage on the only road over which he could travel, bringing the wounded men to a hospital alive.
General Orders No. No. 127, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Woodbury, NJ

WEAVER, ROSS E.
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
102d Infantry (Attached), 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ross E. Weaver, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, September 26, 1918. Lieutenant Weaver showed complete disregard of personal safety by remaining with the foremost elements and administering aid to the wounded throughout the day under constant artillery bombardment and direct machine-gun and rifle fire from the enemy.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Concordia, KS

WEAVER, WILLIAM D.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15 - 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William D. Weaver, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Jaulgonne, France, July 15 - 21 and 24 - 27, 1918. From July 15 to 21 Private Weaver worked continuously among the wounded of his regiment, never hesitating for the heaviest fire. He volunteered and remained with the unit which relieved his regiment and continued his work with the new unit from July 24 to 27.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Charleston, WV

WEBB, MILTON C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 124th Field Artillery, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Milton C. Webb, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, November 1, 1918. Wounded while administering aid to other men during shell fire, Private Webb remained on duty in disregard of his own injury.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: East St. Louis, IL

WEBER, JOHN F.
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
311th Infantry (Attached), 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29 & October 15 & 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John F. Weber, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye, France, September 29, 1918, Chevieres, France, October 15, 1918, and Grand Pre, France, October 25, 1918. On September 29 and the following days, Lieutenant Weber remained at his aid station under shell and machine-gun fire, giving medical aid and directing the evacuation of the wounded. On October 15 he established an unprotected aid station and though slightly gassed he continued to give first aid to the wounded and direct their evacuation. On October 25, Lieutenant Weber left his battalion in support and continued to the town of Grand-Pre, where he established an aid station, keeping on with his work through heavy bombardment of the town.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: South Amboy, NJ

*WEBSTER, HARRISON B.
Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
47th Infantry (attached), 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harrison B. Webster, Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Bruilles, France, September 26 to October 12, 1918. After seeing that his personnel was functioning properly, Major Webster went fearlessly to positions in the front lines. When stretcher bearers were unable to handle the large number of casualties, he personally took a light German wagon to the front lines and gathered the wounded. His personal bravery was inspiration to his men throughout his service. He was killed by shell fire on October 12, 1918.
General Orders 74, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Castine, ME

WENELL, CARL O.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 151st Field Artillery, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carl O. Wenell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Pannes, France, September 21, 1918. Private Wenell displayed the highest bravery and self-sacrificing spirit by voluntarily leaving shelter during a heavy hostile bombardment and going to the assistance of several wounded men of another regiment, whose position adjoined that of his own organization. Under terrific shell fire he skillfully dressed their wounds and then removed them to a place of safety, thereby saving their lives. Again returning to the shell-swept street, he made a careful reconnaissance for any other casualties which might have been overlooked.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Minneapolis, MN

WESSELHOEFT, CONRAD (First Award)
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Conrad Wesselhoeft, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Aisne-Marne offensive, France, July 18 - 26, 1918. Lieutenant Wesselhoeft, despite intense machine-gun and artillery fire, courageously established an operated his aid stations close to the front lines. On July 18, 1918, when the infantry retired, he maintained his aid station in advance of our own front lines, refused to leave the wounded unattended, and remained with them until the lines were reestablished.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1935
Home Town: Boston, MA

WESSELHOEFT, CONRAD (Second Award)
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
102d Infantry (Attached), 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Conrad Wesselhoeft, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, November 8, 1918. Captain Wesselhoeft went forward, under heavy machine-gun fire, to the aid of a wounded soldier. The fire was so heavy that they were compelled to remain in the shell hole until nightfall, when he brought the wounded man to our lines.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Boston, MA

WHEAT, HARRY R.
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
125th Infantry (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 1 - 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry R. Wheat, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action, August 1 - 6, 1918, from Sergy to Mont St. Martin, France, between the Ourcq and Vesle Rivers. During the attack on August 1, 1918, Captain Wheat went forward with the first wave and established a dressing station in an advanced position to render immediate aid to the wounded. On August 5, at St. Martin, after having been knocked down by the explosion of a shell and while under severe shell and machine-gun fire, he displayed exceptional coolness and devotion to duty in rendering surgical attention to others who had been wounded by the same shell.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Springfield, MA

WHEELOCK, FRANK R.
Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army
313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank R. Wheelock, Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Malancourt, France, September 26 - 30, 1918. Working in areas that were continually being swept by machine gun, rifle, and shell fire, Captain Wheelock worked voluntarily and unceasingly, giving aid, food, and water to the wounded. Throughout the entire operations, Captain Wheelock showed utter disregard for his own safety, being knocked down many times by shell explosions. For two nights he worked as a stretcher bearer, carrying patients to places of safety, after giving them medical attention during the day.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Scranton, PA

WHITE, JOHN B.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 28 - 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John B. White, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during three nights at Cantigny, France, on May 28 - 31, 1918. Private White worked unceasingly under fire, bringing the wounded to safety and ministering to them on his own initiative. He repeatedly left shelter to help wounded men.
General Orders No. No. 109, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Miligan College, TN

WILKINSON, THADDEUS
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thaddeus Wilkinson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Verdun, France, October 4 - 9, 1918. Throughout this period Sergeant Wilkinson, with utter disregard for personal danger, rendered first aid to the wounded under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. On October 9 he was severely wounded while endeavoring to reach a wounded comrade, passing through the direct fire of the enemy in his gallant attempt.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Capleville, TN

WILLIAMS, CLARENCE M.
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
125th Infantry (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31 & August 1, 2, & 3 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence M. Williams, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on the Ourcq River July 31 and August 1, 1918; northwest of Coulonges, France, August 2, 1918; and on the heights overlooking the Vesle River, August 3 - 7, 1918. During these three periods of severe fighting Captain William maintained a dressing station close to the advanced lines and worked continuously night and day under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Alpena, MI

WILLIAMS, FRANK L. (First Award)
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
168th Infantry (Attached), 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15 & 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank L. Williams, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in Champagne, east of Reims, France, July 15, 1918, and. near the River Ourcq, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 30, 1918. First Lieutenant Williams voluntarily left a dugout on the Champagne front, and for more than two hours, all the time under shell fire, administered to the needs of wounded men who were lying in the open. During the advance across the River Ourcq he voluntarily remained in exposed positions under heavy shell fire, caring for and dressing the wounded until he was severely injured.
General Orders No. No. 117, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Des Moines, IA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

WILLIAMS, FRANK L. (Second Award)
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
168th Infantry (Attached), 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank L. Williams, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, July 29, 1918. Lieutenant Williams went forward with his battalion and cared for the wounded under difficult circumstances. He was without shelter, food, and sleep for practically three days. The area over which he worked was constantly swept with artillery and machine-gun fire and was drenched with poisonous gas. He was always close behind his battalion with his aid post, the selection of its location being at all times for the benefit of the wounded and not as a matter of personal safety. Much of his work was at night, where enemy observation and absence of suitable cover made it impossible to use lights of any kind, but taxing himself to his fullest powers of strength, endurance, and skill he dressed the wounded in darkness by sense of touch alone. Although given permission and advised to withdraw farther to the rear and to a less exposed position, he expressed his desire to remain in the forward lines in order to give his services as soon as possible to the wounded men.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Des Moines, IA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

WILLIAMSON, ALFRED
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 370th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred Williamson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Beaume, France, November 8, 1918. Private Williamson was assigned to duty at the first-aid station, but volunteered to accompany the attacking lines to more expeditiously attend to the wounded. During the advance he constantly exposed himself to the enemy and under heavy fire to render first aid.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WILSON, ROY C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 106th Field Artillery, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roy C. Wilson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Villette, France, September 6, 1918. Private Wilson voluntarily went forward under heavy enemy artillery fire and rendered first aid to wounded men of the 103d Engineers who were lying in an exposed position. He then crawled along a railroad track for about 300 yards, secured an ambulance which had been abandoned due to the intensity of enemy shell fire, and made three trips over a bridge under continual fire to an advanced dressing station, safely evacuating 14 of the wounded.
General Orders No. 6, W.D., 1933
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

WOLL, HERMAN B.
Private, U.S. Army
357th Ambulance Company, 315th Sanitary Train, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman B. Woll, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vilcey-sur-Trey, France, September 12, 1918. With another soldier, Private Woll left the shelter of a wood and went forward to rescue a soldier who had fallen wounded on a hill under constant machine-gun and shell fire. While they were carrying him back on a litter, he was again wounded, and the litter was struck twice by machine-gun bullets, but they succeeded in carrying him back to safety, thereby saving his life.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Estherville, IA

WORDEN, ROBERT L.
Wagoner, U.S. Army
21st Ambulance Company, 4th Sanitary Train, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Worden, Wagoner, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Ville-Savoye, France, August 7, 1918. While driving an ambulance through the town Wagoner Worden heard cries for help. Voluntarily arid under heavy shell and machine- gun fire, he climbed a tower in which he found two officers and a corporal severely wounded. He rendered first aid and assisted in carrying the wounded men to a place of safety.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Wichita, KS

*YANNANTUONO, FREDERICK
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Dental Assistant, Medical Detachment, 13th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frederick Yannantuono, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 14, 1918. Private Yannantuono voluntarily went forward and administered first aid to wounded infantry soldiers under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, in plain view of the enemy, being killed in the performance of this self-sacrificing mission.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY