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General Pershing awarding Congressional Medals to brave American boys, Chaumont, France
General Pershing awarding Congressional Medals to brave American boys, Chaumont, France
TitleGeneral Pershing awarding Congressional Medals to brave American boys, Chaumont, France
Date of Original191-
DescriptionGeneral Pershing pinning medal on a soldier in line of soldiers standing at attention. There is snow on the ground and a building in background.
Ordering InformationConsult: http://library.ndsu.edu/ndsuarchives/duplication-services
General SubjectMilitary
Subject (LCTGM)Military parades & ceremonies
Military personnel
Medals
Snow
Subject (LCSH)World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1914-1918 - Medals
World War, 1914-1918 - Military personnel
Medal of honor
Personal NamePershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948
LocationChaumont (Haute-Marne, France)
France
Decade1910-1919
Item Number2030.8.11
Format of OriginalStereographs
Gelatin silver prints
Dimensions of Original9 x 18 cm.
Publisher of OriginalKeystone View Company
Place of PublicationMeadville (Pa.)
Transcription"We are standing in the snow-covered quadrangle of American Headquarters at Chaumont. In the background rises the front of 'C' Building, one of the three main structures of Damremont Barracks, in which our G.H.Q. was housed. The windows are crowded with spectators and a still greater throng surrounds all four sides of the parade ground, for though many impressive ceremonies have occurred in this place, the one we are now witnessing is probably the most impressive, the most stirring of all. For the 9 men visible in the line before us, the one highest in rank, at the right of the line, no more than a lieutenant colonel or major, and the three nearest to us enlisted men, alone constitute on-sixth of all the living soldiers, out of the two millions belonging to the A.E.F., who received the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award for valor in action within the gift of the United States Government. Only 78 medals of Honor were awarded during the World War. Twenty-four of the men who won them were killed in the performance of the act which gained them the distinction and their medals were presented to their next of kin. Fifty-four survived, and 9 of these are standing before us, receiving from the hands of General Pershing, the Commander-in-Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces, the coveted bits of metal, each attached to a piece of light blue ribbon studded with small white stars"--Printed on back of stereograph.
"V19281."
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: http://hdl.handle.net/10365/1206
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2030.8.11)
Languageeng
Digital IDrs001216
Original SourceStereograph
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