Original U.S. WWI Named 7th Infantry Engraved Purple Heart Medal Grouping With Pictures - Private Harry W. Emerson

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Grouping Available. The regiment has been associated with the Third Infantry Division since that unit was established in World War I.

The unit is credited with participation in the Aisne Defensive, the battle of Château-Thierry, the defense of the Champagne-Marne region and the attacks at Aisne-Marne, Meuse-Argonne, and Saint-Mihiel.

Emerson served as a Private in Company K, 7th Infantry and took part in all 5 of the major conflicts listed above. Emerson received multiple Purple Hearts for wounds received in action in France during WWI. On July 19, 1918 in Château-Thierry, he was gassed and a few short months later on October 11, 1918 he was wounded again, this time in the knee by enemy machine gun fire while fighting in the Argonne Forest.

The Following Items Are Included:
- Rim Numbered & Name Engraved Purple Heart Medal W/ Cluster: The reverse of the medal is engraved as HARRY W. EMERSON with the rim number of 51124.

- World War 1 Victory Medal: The brooch is unfortunately completely separated from the ribbon. There are 5 campaign bars for Champagne-Marne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihel, Meuse-Argonne & Defense Sector.

- Army of Occupation Medal: The Army of Occupation of Germany Medal is a U.S. Army service medal established by an Act of Congress on November 21, 1941, (55 Stat 781). The military award recognized service in Germany or Austria-Hungary between November 12, 1918 and July 11, 1923.

- Missouri WWI State Medal: The State of Missouri War with Germany Medal to United States Forces was awarded top all persons who as citizens and residents of Missouri who were appointed, enlisted of drafted in the armed forces of the United States, and served therein for any period between April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918, inclusive. The State provided approximately 135,000 individuals for First World War service and all would have qualified for the medal except National Guardsmen who would have received the State of Missouri War with Germany Medal to Missouri National Guard. "

- Chateau-Thierry Medal: Circular silver medal with sash-like suspension inscribed ‘CHATEAU-THIERRY COTE 204’; the face with the head and shoulders portraits of the Marquis de Lafayette and George Washington, both facing right. The medal was instituted by the town of Château Thierry in 1920 to recognise the bravery of French and American soldiers who fought in the battle of Chateau Thierry on 18 July 1918. This was one of the earliest battles involving troops of the American Expeditionary Force under General John J. Pershing and ended in decisive Allied victory, giving the first indication that American forces would tip the balance and bring the war to a successful conclusion. Hill 204 referred to on the suspension was a crucial position taken by American forces.

- Battle of Verdun Medal: Created in late 1916 and even before the end of the battle, the Medal of Verdun was made for soldiers who, for several months under intense pressure from infantry attacks and heavy artillery pounding, held their ground during the WW1 Battle of Verdun. Around 70% of all the French soldiers that were engaged in World War I participated in the battle of Verdun. Six or seven different designs were put forward for the medal but none were approved by the French Government and all remained unofficial awards that could not be worn on military uniform. Originally intended to be “awarded to those who served on the Verdun front between 21 February 1916 and 2 November 1916, the medal was, in fact, awarded to those who served anywhere on the Argonne and St Mihiel sectors between 31 July 1914 and 11 November 1918.

- 3rd Division Reunion Medal

- Postcard Photo Featuring Private Emerson

- Small photo of Emerson and his wife

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