Sunday, August 2, 2009

Photo of Rex Forsyth Recieving the Croix de Guerre

The photo below was taken May 2, 1918. Members of U.S.A.A.C. Section 625, receive the Croix de Guerre for bravery in action on April 17, 1918, having crossed a "zone violently bombarded by the enemies artillery" to continue to remove wounded from the battlefield.

Shown is Colonel Bertrand, 162nd French Infantry, pinning the medal on the coat of Rex Forsyth. Note that the helmet Rex is wearing is shown in a photo below, and also note in the right background that you can see the front end of one of the Model T Ford Ambulances.

Friday, July 31, 2009

WWI Hometown Paper Lauds Hero

This is a May, 1918 clipping from the Bloomington, Indiana newspaper, recounting the events that led to Rex Forsyth receiving the Croix de Guerre. The paper quotes the citation, also visable in Rex's diary, pictured below in another entry. Note that when Rex quotes the citation, that the name of the French Colonel, and the number of the Regiment as well are both left blank by the newspaper. This is an example of wartime censorship in the name of security.

Also of note is the newspaper's use of the term "Hun". "Hun", like the term "Bosche", was used by the Allies to refer to the German soldiers.