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Roger S. Fitch

Place of Birth: New York, Buffalo
Home of record: Buffalo New York


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 pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Colonel (Cavalry) Roger S. Fitch, 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. As Chief of Staff, 86th Division, from 25 August 1917 to 21 November 1918, Colonel Fitch displayed the highest professional qualifications. By his tireless energy and devotion to duty he rendered conspicuous service to the Government. While Chief of Staff, 86th Division, he voluntarily performed the duties of Assistant Chief of Staff, G.-3, with the 89th Division during the final advance of that division from the Bois-de-Bantheville during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. In November 1918, he was assigned to duty as G-3, 7th Army Corps and in this position of great responsibility he rendered service of great value and contributed materially to the success of that corps.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 9 (1923)

Action Date: August 25, 1917 - November 21, 1918

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Chief of Staff

Division: 86th Division