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James Brailsford Erwin

Date of death: July 10, 1924
Place of Birth: Georgia, Savannah
Home of record: Savannah Georgia

James Erwin graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1880.


Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Brigadier General James Brailsford Erwin, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. With sound technical skill, initiative, and untiring energy, General Erwin assisted in the organization and training of the 6th Division, and commanded with distinction the 12th Infantry Brigade during its operations in the Vosges sector, and during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, 1 to 11 November 1918. His rare quality of leadership and unremitting devotion to duty were material factors in the successful operations of his division, contributing markedly to the accomplishments of the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1923)

Action Date: World War I

Service: Army

Rank: Brigadier General

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 12th Infantry Brigade

Division: 6th Division, American Expeditionary Forces

Silver Star Citation

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Awarded for actions during the Mexican Border Wars

James Brailsford Erwin, United States Army, was cited for gallantry in action during the Puntitive Expedition into Mexico, 15 March 1916 to 7 February 1917.

General Orders: U.S. Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: March 15, 1916 - February 7, 1917

Service: Army