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Dave,

<yawn>, just another DSC group to add to your pile of average "army-stuff."

 

Obviously, your character combined with the way that you uncover, preserve and care for history contributes to the trust that you build with families and veterans who want these stories to be told and re-told in perpetuity. This family found the right person to do just that. Congrats on receiving such an honor!

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Thanks again, all!

 

As I have time, I'm poking around on the Internet, finding more info for the group. Here's an excerpt from the book The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki: Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919 by Joel Roscoe Moore (full text available online). Pvt Bell is noted half-way through the second paragraph:

 

 

 

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Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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As stated by all others - an absolutely fantastic story & set of medals. Congrats on being their caretaker! Bob

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Great pair of medals from one of the most interesting periods of the First World War era. I believe that his WW1 medal would have only the Defensive Sector bar. Here is my Russia group with the paperwork for the WW1 Victory medal showing the award of the defensive Sector bar.

Dick

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A DSC to a veteran of the Russian campaign, how rare is that? Wow, didn´t even know that level of valor medals were awarded for the Russian Intervention and I teach this stuff//!! Congrats, Dave as that is such a narrow and often overlooked campaign from the immediate post-WWI period. Savor that one.

 

Kurt

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Would say that this one falls in the "Rare as hen's teeth!" category!". One heck of a pick up, Dave. It appears that there were only 62 DSC's awarded for the Russian involvement! Talk about uber-rare!

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Another fantastic group Dave! The intervention period is even less known than Pershing's expedition into Mexico.

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Got a few more items from the family. Here's a better scan of the photo with Bell wearing his medals:

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Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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Discharge document, front side:

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Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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And reverse...

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Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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And a photo of him, dated 1940...

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Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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Here's an odd one...the family believes this is him, but it doesn't look like him? It was taken in London, UK, and it is very nicely done. But the uniform is definitely odd. Quite a strange photo...

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Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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Here's an odd one...the family believes this is him, but it doesn't look like him? It was taken in London, UK, and it is very nicely done. But the uniform is definitely odd. Quite a strange photo...

 

Looks like an Engineer castle on the other side. Probably not him. His ears also dont stick out far enough.

 

Kurt

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David,

 

Been away for a while and come back to all of these wonderful postings.

 

This is indeed a spectaculr and rare group related to a "campaign" that most do not know about.

 

Hope all is well in the USN!

 

Gary B

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