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Catalog Number 10209-43
Title Medal, Croix de guerre
Object Name Medal
Description The Croix de guerre (Cross of War) medal is a French military decoration created in 1915 and was commonly bestowed on foreign military forces allied to France. The brass medal displays a cross and two crossed swords. A circle at the center of the cross shows a symbol of the French Republic on the front side: the profile of a young woman wearing a Phrygian cap surrounded by the words "République française". The beginning and end dates of the conflict (1914-1918) appear within this circle on the back. The ribbon green with red vertical stripes and a bronze star is in the middle.
The medal hangs from a ribbon that is green with seven narrow vertical red stripes. This particular medal carries one bronze star representing soldiers mentioned at the regiment or brigade level.

Date 1918, ca.
Material metal, fabric
Place of Origin France
Height (in) 3.75
Width (in) 1.5
People Daniel, Henry
Event World War I
History This medal was awarded to Henry Daniel during World War I. Daniel served as a Private with the U.S. Army. He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross on July 9, 1918 "for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery A, 10th Field Artillery, 3rd Division, A.E.F., near St. Eugene, France, 9 July 1918. Private Daniel repeatedly volunteered and carried important messages four kilometers through heavy shell fire near the enemy's lines. On one trip he found a wounded soldier and carried him through an enemy barrage to the dressing station".

Daniel was a graduate of Crete High and Doane College. See donor file for more history and copies of obituaries.

The Croix de guerre (Cross of War) medal is a French military decoration created in 1915 and was commonly bestowed on foreign military forces allied to France. France bestowed this cross on units or individuals who displayed heroism for them in battle. The wearing of the decoration is considered ceremonial and the fourragère is not entered as an official military award in permanent service records.
Credit line Allison D. Petersen, Walton, Nebraska
Collection Petersen, Allison D.