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John C. Martens

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Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Siberian Intervention

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private John C. Martens, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company C, 31st Infantry, American Expeditionary Forces (Siberia), in action near Kazanka, Siberia, 3 July 1919. Private Martens carried a message across a field under fairly heavy fire. He then volunteered to go to break up a sniper's nest, and went alone to an exposed and dangerous point where he could fire at the nest and broke it up, killing one of the snipers and driving the rest away.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 39 (1920)

Action Date: July 3, 1919

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company C

Regiment: 31st Infantry Regiment

Division: American Expeditionary Forces (Siberia)