Josephus Benjamin Wilson

Attended West Point in New York in 1914-1918.

First Lieutenant Josephus B. Wilson was born in 1897 in Denver, Colorado. He died on 12 October 1918 and is interred at C,45,26 Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross Posthumously to First Lieutenant Infantry Josephus B. Wilson, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 15th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F., near Cunel, France, 12 October 1918. Lieutenant Wilson skillfully led a portion of his company through a terrific hostile barrage, establishing them in shell holes where the guns were set up. He then returned through the same barrage and, assembling his reserve platoon, started in the direction of the enemy, but while leading his men to the attack, he was mortally wounded and died upon the field. War Department, General Orders No. 32 1919

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