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THE BEE: OMAHA, THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 1918.
WAR CROSSES ARE
Jhree U. S. Soldiers Honored
by Pershing; Already Wear
. French Decoration for
; (By AaacUt4 Trtnt.)
With the American Armv in
France, Tuesday, March 19. General
Pershing, the American commlnder-in-chief,;
has approved the award.ng
of the first American military crosses
for extraordinary heroism.
The recipients are Lieutenant ihn
0. Green, Sergeant William Wlcn
and Sergeant Patrick Walsh.
Lieutenant Green and Sergeants
Norton and Walsh al! have re. rived
the French war cross, Norton and
Walsh being decorated personally
by Premier Clemenceau ou Ma'ch 3.
Lieutenant Green, an artillery offi
cer, was wounded by shell fire early
in March, Sergeant Norton, a et
eran in service, formerly resic'sj in
Arkansas. He was decorated by
Premier Clemenceau for his aft in
killing a German lieutenant and two
German soldiers. He was challenged
by the lieutenant to leave his dugout
and led out his men fighting. ,
Orderly to Baker.
Sergeant Walsh, formerly of Chi
cago, also is a regular army vf.tt-.an.
His French decoration was received
for heroism on the Toul sector ,
Sergeant Walsh was selected by
General Pershing to act as orderly
to Secretary of War Baker during
hit present visit to the American
army in France.
The crosses were awarded for "ex
traordinary heroism in connection
with military operations against an
Lieutenant Green probably will
stand on the records at the first to
receive the honor, for his name is
first on the list of three approved by
khe commander-in-chief. The ex
ploits of these men ire described by
the general commanding their divi
sion as follows: ; ,
Refuses to Surrender
"Lieutenant Green, while in a r'ug
out, .having been wounded by an
enemy hand grenade, was summ ned
to surrender. ' He refused to do so.
. Returning the fire of the enemy, he
wounded one and pursued the hostile
"Sergeant Nprton. finding hir.mlf
In a dugout surrounded by the enemy,
into which a grenade had just been
thrown, refused to surrender and
made bold dash outside, killing one
. of his assailants. By so doing ht
saved mi . company a log book. ,
"Sergeant Walsh followed hi com
pany cpmmander to the first lines
despite a severe barrage. The captain
belna killed. . he assumed command
of the group and attacked a sui'ior
force ol the enemy, inflicting severe
loss upon them. Though of advanced
ige, he refused to leave the front"
To these recommendations General
Pershing appended the following
"The commander-in-chief approves
the recommendation for awards of
distinguished Service crosses. They
are not on hand at present, bu will
be forwarded when received and will
be presented by you in the nam of
the commander-in-chief with su'iable
ATTORNEY OmCIAL i. OF
K. A. Baird. Omaha lawyei, has
been elected vice president of the
Conservative Savings and Loan as
Baker Looks Over
No Man's Land; Has
; Close Death Call
37 SAMMIES ON i ALLIES GAIN ON
(Continued ftom Fat Oim.)
was found that the road selected for
approach to the trenches was w er
brisk shell fire. Indeed, the firing was
so active, as to cause the genenl con
siderable apprehension for the jf fety
of his distinguished guest. Hi en
deavored to dissuade Mr. Baker from
, going on with the expedition, explain
tng the danger. But the secretary
overrode his protest. AccordMKiy,
another route was reluctantly selected,
Insists on Going.
The party re-entered the motor and
was driven to the1 selected point, as
far forward as motoring, was safe
With the general and the other oflv
cer, Mr. Baker walked over the shell
cratered region to a communication
trench. - He wore civilian clothe!
covered with a trench coat, khak
breeches and boots borrowed from
a colonel of about his size. He also
put on a shrapnel helmet.
The secretary was first put through
the regular gas mask drill. He car
ried his mask slung at the prescribed
oosition when he went in. A sentrv
halted the party as it was entering
the trench and demanded a pass.
"Division commander and secretary
of war, replied the rprs .
, Didn t you know that was the
secretary?" the sentry was asked as!
the party passed by.
"Yes, sir; no sir;" stammered the
Mr. Baker displayed the " keenest
curosity in the surroundings, so
strange to him, asking plans of every
unfamiliar thing, its purpose and use,
tnd frequently breaking in with in
terrogations as technical matters were
being explained. Several times he
tsked the calibre of shells which burst
close by. ; " ":.;
; Knows Machine Gun.
"Ah, that's a machine gun!" he ex-
claimed when one opened up from
the American trench. s
. Often the secretary-' stopped to
speak to the men, asking homely
questions, such as: "Well, how is it
foing?" or "Where are you from?"
"Fine sir," or "going very well, sir,"
was the usual reply. Once the secre-
. tary asked a private if much was go
ing on. ' i '
"It's pretty quiet, sir," came the
, easy response. t
Mr. .Baker's question I showed fa
miliarity with trench construction and
technicalities which had been gained
from study. There was no mjstak
ing his unrestrained and eager inter
' est ',.'''
Troops from Ohio were among
those in the trench. Several of the
men were known personally to Mr.
Baker, and he talked freely with them
about their homes and families. One
man said he was from Iowa, another
from Chicago. The secretary kept
up running comment upon the
strangeness of the circumstances tin
der which men from all. over America
were fighting in distant France. Once
"I have been from farm to factory,
and now I am in the front line."
Gazes at Germans.
Finally, notwithstanding "the pro
tests of the officer, Mr. Baker made
his way through the sap to the listen
ing post. Peeping over the parapet
into No Man's Land he said:
"Now I am on the frontier of free
: The secretary asked the listening
post sentry if he saw Germans often.
"Not very often, sir," was the re
sponse. Then he asked whether the
Americans' shooting was better than
that of the enemy, and seemed great
ly pleased at the, emphatic, "Yes, it
Mr Raker entered dusrouts and in
spected other features of trench war
fare as far as possible, being given
miniature demonstrations of every
thing experienced m the American
i,Hnr Hi determination not to
overlook anything frequently com
pelled the general to exercise rc
pTi.'rnintf to the 'trench. Mr. Baker
encountered a working party laying
duckboards. He saw a hammer 'y ng
in the mud, stooped over, picked it
up, and handed it to a soldier.
xou neea not uo , iu
man. . V '' . . . .
"Well, the mud is so deep mat i
thought It might get lost, sa-a wr,
Sees American Graves.
Rrtnrninff. thi secretary saw a little
rniisirfe cemcterv where are buried
Americans who "have fallen in that
vu-initv. 1 Over it floated the tn-clor,
.. . -
Nearby were a tew rrencn civ rum
who were decorating the graves. He
entered the Cemetery and with grave,
nA (- rmaA tli n.itnr nil the VfTlDie
monuments. .While he was thctf a
burial squad of Americans matched in
with th hndv ot a comraae. lnesec
rfturv halted, turned back and stood
with bared, bowed . head while the
body of his compatriot was laid at
rest, with simple military ritei in a
foreign land. ',
Later Mr. Baker; visited a" hospital
and spoke with the wounded. He in
quired about their wounds, how they
were received, and how the men vere
feeling, and gave a cheery wora-io
each, reassuring them that line
weather would soon arrive to nasten
their recovery. One man remarked
that he had received the French war
cross, but could not wear it because
the regulations forbade it.
"I now give you authority.to ao so,
said Mr. Baker. '
Another wounded man said proudly:
"My lieutenant .won the war cross.
A line good otticer, said tne secre
- Gives Friendly f am.
There was an impressive incident
during the trip from the place where
Mr. Baker spent the night to the
front. A battalion including men
from Ohio had been drawn up ir the
village in which it was billeted. The
secretary reviewed the battalion md,
calling the men awout him, gave an
informal, friendly talk.
This afternoon Mr. Baker visited
the headquarters of another division.
Word of his coming had preceded
him and both American and French
infantry, and cavalry were drawn op
to receive him, while the trumpets
sounded. This place is within sound
of the guns, which, in fact, he heard
most of the day. Later he went into
a portion of the trenches held by this
Three Men Killed in Action;
Two Die of Wounds; One
Officer Mentioned in
Washington, March 20. First Lieu
tenant Frederick ,0. Klakring .s the
only officer appearing in today' cas
ualty list of 37 names. He was
Today's list snows three men were
killed in action, two died of wounds!
two died of accident eight died of
disease, five wounded severely and 17
wounded slightly. The list follows:
Killed in action:
CORPORAL RUSSELL G.
CORPORAL GEORGE H. MILES.
CORPORAL EDWARD MITCH
Died of wounds:
PRIVATE LLOYD CULP.
PRIVATE FRANK PROISL.
Died of accident:
PRIVATE JOHN S. SMITH.
PRIVATE GEORGE WILLIAMS.
Died of disease:
SERGEANT FRED T. RASS-
JOHN V. ADDAMS, pneumonia.
WINTON CLARK, pneumonia.
HUGH L. GIBSON, pneumonia.
LARKIN W. LEACH, uraemia.
RONALD LOBAN, pneumonia.
LOUIS MAYLAND, cerebral-
MAJOR TEKKEL, pneumonia.
Corporal Otto G. Abbott.
ohn C. Huntington,
First Lieutenant Frederick 0.
Klakring, Sergeant Louis A. Zeman,
Cook Charles J. Hoover; Corporals
Berry W. Langston, Ollie Q. Mar
shall: Mechanic Leroy B. Hall: Pri
vates Robert D Beale, Byron H. Dean,
Clarence Flourney, Donald A. Gerard,
John'H. Hoke, Donald A. Hunt,
Robert K. Leib, Crumley U McKay,
Orten E. Myers, Ernest Van De-
Mark, Fremont b. Weils.
FIRST OMAHA BOY
KILLED IN FRANCE
(CMtbiocd Front P On.)
He was a member of the 1915 senior
class at the Central High school. He
was employed by the Omaha Gas
company until the summer of 1916,
when he enlisted with the Third Iowa
infantry and saw service on the Mex
To France Last July.,
After mobilization in Council Bluffs
last summer Corporal Hughes went
to Hempstead, U l.t and from there
in July to France. His letters home
have, described , his visits ;to his
toric places and his experiences until
within the last two weeks. Because
of the intensive training recent letters
home have been very short. The last
letter was received 10 days before his
The youthful war hero was very
highly regarded by his friends and
business associates because of his
happy disposition. When his mother
wrote to him she addressed him as
"Our sunny boy in sunny France."
The parents are grief-stricken, but
assert that they are proud that their
only child is the first Omaha boy to
give his life for the safety of his
When Corporal Hughes bade his
parents goodbye before going to
Hempstead for intensive training his
father said to him:
"You are going away, my son, per
haos never to return."
. The son answered: "I am willing to
die for mv country, dad.
The father is a city salesman for
the Faxton-Gallagher company.
With Colonel Tinier.
Corporal Hughes was one of the
men with Lieutenant Colonel Mat
thew Tinley, Council Bluffs, cited for
bravery and given the French war
cross following an enemy raid March
5 northeast of BadonviIIer.
The citation say that "the line was
kept intact despite the efforts of the
enemy, who was aided by powerful
artillery." .. The young corporal was
U-BOATS IN RACE
FOR WAR TONNAGE
Sir Eric Geddes Declares En
tente Now ' Controls Forty
Two Million Tons, and -'
(Br AMMiated Pi-mi.)
London, March 20. One of the
most important statements made to
the country, recently was the speech
delivered in the House of Commons
today by Sir Eric Campbell Geddes,
first lord of the admiralty.
He appeased the' demand, ..which
has become" general -recently, that
the country should be told the exact
amount of the shipping losses, and he
also announced the appointment of
Great Britains' foremost builder, Lord
Pirrje.'as controller general of mer
chant ship building.
Statement of Facts.
Sir Eric's speech was I a S simple
statement of facts, with no oratorical
sentences, but he was listened to
more attentively, than the most
eloquent orators in the government
The total allied and neutral tonnage
s now 42.000.000 Sir Eric stated. 1 ha
fact that it is at this figure is largely
ue to the new construction by the
United States, and the seizure of Ger
The output ot new tonnage, con
nued the first lord, was very low in
1915, and reached itslowest point in
1916. This decline had been coin
cident with the increased output of
munitions, and before the intensified
submarine war began Great Britain
was 1,300,000 tons to the bad.
Work Kusiimg Now.
During the last quarter of 1917,
said Sir i Eric, the allies were
averaging within 100,000 tons monthly
of making their losses good, and
were then replacing 75 per cent of
their lost tonnage.
At the present time, the first lord
went on, 47 ship yards witn .w
berths 'were engaged on ocean going
merchant vessels. The ship yards
work was completely disorganized
during the first two years of the war
from various causes, ne explained,
but nevertheless there had been an
enormous accomplishment by the
ship building industry. The output
forhe last auarter of 1917 was 420,-
000 tons, as against 213,000 for the
last ouarter of 1916. while during the
last quarter of 1915 it had been only
killed March 17. It is thought he had
been in active fighting since the
American expeditionary forces went
. .1.. n i '
jnio tne ioui sector.
Iowa Bot Also Killed.
Dcs Moines. March 20. (Special
Telegram.) Another Iowa boy has
rivn Vita lite in the war. Private
Lloyd Culp, lilted as dead of wounds,
was a member of Company M. 168th
infantry. His home address was given
as Lawen, Ure.
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