Very nice find! First thing I noticed is the 1914-1917 CdeG. Didn't most of the Americans who won this medal receive the 1914-1918 version, especially if the action was in 1918? This is the first time I've seen the 14-17 medal in a US grouping. Can you or someone explain to me the criteria and award of this French award?
That one puzzled me too, Gary. Maybe someone else can answer. I have no doubt that the medal is his, as the group is literally out of the woodwork (or wood shed). The seller began her conversation with me with "I found these medals in a shed, what are they?" so I'm 99.99% sure nothing has been added to the group.
BTW, I found the following in Maryland Military Men 1917-1918
, courtesy of ancestry.com:
Name: Philip Hearn Williamson
Address: Oksley Road, Mt. Washington, Baltimore Co.
Birth Place: Baltimore, Md.
Birth Date: 05 Oct 1886
Comment: ORC 11/27/17 1 lt Inf, (Ft Myer Va.); 313 MG Bn; 3 A-A MG Bn 1/24/18; Co A 1 A-A MG Bn 4/10/18; Patient at Hosp AEF 9/26/18; Patient at Embark Hosp Newport News Va.; Patient at Walter Reed Gen Hosp D.C., Still in service 1/1/20, Overseas 4/30/18 to 11/9/18, St Mihiel; Def Sector (Lorraine), Wounded severely 9/26/18, Distinguished Service Cross Near Thiaucourt, France, Sept. 10-26, 1918. He displayed extreme coolness and courage while conducting the advance of company in the sector near Thiaucourt. He visited daily under heavy shellfire his gun positions and made daily reconnaissances of the lines. When wounded, he refused to be taken to the hospital until he had superintended the removal of his men to a place of safety, French Croix de Guerre (Gilt Star) He displayed the greatest courage and bravery under continuous bombardment and enemy gas attacks in the Thiaucourt sector from September 10-26, 1918. On September 12, although wounded by a shell, he advanced with his company very closely behind the infantry. He showed fine judgment in the choice of emplacements for his pieces. By his example and contempt for danger under trying conditions he sustained the morale and the ardor of his men. Wounded on the night of September 26, 1918, during a violent artillery bombardment, he refused to go to the hospital until he had given the necessary orders