G. I. Syverson, 68, retired Seattle banker who was one of Pershing's "100 Heroes" of World War 1.
He was born in White Rock, S.D and came to Seattle shortly after W.W. 1.
He held the Navy Cross,
Distinguished Service Cross,
Croix de Guerre with palm,
Bronze Star Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, for heroic action at Toulon, Verdun, Chateau Thierry, San Mihiel, Argonne, Mense Campaign and Belleau Woods. He was a member of the VFW.
The Distinguished Service Cross was established by order of President Woodrow Wilson and was born as part of the new Pyramid Of Honor that was established during the 1917 review of Medal of Honor awards. Prior to establishment of the D.S.C. by virtue of War Department General Orders Number 6 of January 12, 1918, and by Act of Congress on July 9, 1918 the Medal of Honor was the only American award for valor in combat available to American servicemen.
Grannie I., SYVERSON
Pvt. 6th Marine MG Battl,
Led machine gun team that successfully covered withdrawal of unit despite a direct hand grenade hit on his position.
Birth: Feb. 10, 1894
South Dakota, USA Death: Apr. 9, 1962
Buried: Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park and Funeral Home
He was a banker for forty years, most of the time at the Seattle First National Bank.