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Distinguished Service Cross Recipient

Conflict Period:
World War I 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Sergeant 1
Birth:
17 Jan 1895 1
Kansas 1
Death:
08 Dec 1978 1
Belfair, Washington 1
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Full Name:
John Earl Personett 1
Birth:
17 Jan 1895 1
Kansas 1
Male 1
Death:
08 Dec 1978 1
Belfair, Washington 1
Burial:
Burial Date: December 1978 1
Burial Place: Knights of Pythias Cemetery, Port Orchard Washington 1
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Birth:
Mother: Nancy Jane Craig 1
Father: John Gardner Personett 1
Marriage:
Zola T. Cramer 1
Spouse Death Date: 15 Apr 1989 1
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World War I 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Sergeant 1
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Occupation:
First Sergeant, United States Army 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Army Service:
Enlistment: 21 May 1913 1
Honorably Discharged: 1919 1
Rank: First Sergeant 1
Serial Number: 42098 1
Unit: Company "C", 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division 1
Battle Honors (WWI):
Aisne-Marne: 18 July - 6 August 1918 1
Defensive Sector: 6 April 1917 - 11 November 1918 1
Meuse-Argonne: 26 September - 11 November 1918 1
Montidier-Noyon: 9-13 June 1918 1
St. Mihiel: 12-16 September 1918 1
Military Awards:
Army of Occupation of Germany Medal: 1918-19 1
Distinguished Service Cross: 08 Oct 1918 1
Fourragere (France): 1918 1
Mexican Campaign Medal: March 1916 - February 1917 1
Purple Heart: 08 Oct 1918 1
WWI Victory Medal: 5 Battle Clasps 1

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Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Fleville, France

Distinguished Service Cross
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The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John E. Personett, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hill 272, near Fleville, France, October 8, 1918. Although severely wounded at the beginning of the attack, Sergeant Personett refused to be evacuated, but continued to direct his platoon in the advance. In an attack on an enemy machine-gun position, after all other members of his group were killed or wounded in the attack, he alone rushed the position and captured the gun and crew. This permitted the further advance of the company.

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