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WORLD WAR ONE

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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,

Silver Star,

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
Roberts County
South Dakota, USA Death:   Apr. 9, 1962
Seattle
King County
Washington

Buried: Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park and Funeral Home
Seattle
King County
Washington

He was a banker for forty years, most of the time at the Seattle First National Bank.

 

Distinguished Service Cross

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CRITERIA:

The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the Unites States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing/foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.

NAVY CROSS

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The Navy Cross is the second highest medal that can be awarded by the Department of the Navy and the second highest award given for valor. It is normally only awarded to members of the United States Navy,  Marine Corps and Coast Guard but could be awarded to all branches of United States military. It was established by Act of Congress (Public Law 253, 65th Congress) and approved on February 4, 1919.  The Navy Cross is equivalent to the Distinguished Service Cross, (Army) and the Air Force Cross (Air Force).

 

Croix de guerre

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The Croix de guerre (French for Cross of War) is a military decoration of both France and Belgium, where it is also known as Oorlogskruis (Dutch). It was first created in 1915 in both countries. The decoration was awarded throughout World War I and again during World War II. The Croix de guerre was also commonly bestowed to foreign military forces allied to France and Belgium.

a silver star, for those who had been cited at the division Level.

The Croix de guerre may either be bestowed as an individual medal or as a unit award. The Croix de guerre medal is awarded to those individuals who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with enemy forces. The medal is also awarded to those who have been "mentioned in despatches",  meaning a heroic deed was performed meriting a citation from an individual's headquarters unit. The unit award of the Croix de guerre was issued to military commands who performed heroic deeds in combat and were subsequently recognized by headquarters.

BRONZE STAR

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Criteria: a. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

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