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General Pershing decorating officers of 89th Div., Treves, Germany
General Pershing decorating officers of 89th Div., Treves, Germany
TitleGeneral Pershing decorating officers of 89th Div., Treves, Germany
Date of Original191-
DescriptionGeneral John Pershing appearing to be pinning medal on a soldier in line of soldiers standing at attention.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectMilitary
Subject (LCTGM)Military parades & ceremonies
Military personnel
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918 - Medals
World War, 1914-1918 - Military personnel
Personal NamePershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948
Organization NameUnited States. Army. Division, 89th
LocationTreves (Germany)
Item Number2030.8.8
Format of OriginalStereographs
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original9 x 18 cm.
Publisher of OriginalKeystone View Company
Place of PublicationMeadville (Pa.)
Transcription"Gen. Pershing decorating officers of 89th Div., Treves. The Commanding General of the American Expeditionary Forces, John J. Pershing, is here pinning upon the tunics of these youthful warriors the ribboned Distinguished Service Crosses which are the reward for 'extraordinary herosim in action.' How extraordinary their herosim had to be in every case in order to win this high honor is proven by the fact that of over two million American soldiers in France, nearly all of whom did their best to perform their full duty, only 5, 133 had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross up to November 11, 1919, and only 93 had been given an oak leaf cluster to wear on the ribbon of the Distinguished Service Cross, equivalent to a second citation for the medal itself. The 89th Division stood well up among the American combat divisions in awards of the coveted distinction, 137 of its officers and men having received it. The division receiving the highest number was the 2nd, which had 673 crosses and 13 oak leaf clusters. In addition to the decorations of our own government, many other decorations for bravery in action were conferred upon our men by foreign governments, particularly by France and Great Britain, while not a few French and British soldiers received our Distinguished Service Cross for acts of gallantry performed while fighting shoulder to shoulder with our men. Thus were exchanged between the Allied armies those tokens of mutual admiration for valor which we may confidently hope will help to keep alive in coming years the comradeship of common service in a high cause between the three great nations whose continued friendship is the best, indeed, the only, guarantee of the future safety of civilization"--Text printed on back of stereograph.
NotesTitle printed on front of stereograph.
Photographer unknown.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionWorld War I Stereograph Collection 2030
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2030.8.8)
Digital IDrs001214
Original SourceStereograph
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