Some unusual documents awarded to a Marine officer of the Second Division, AEF

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2ndLt Wilbur T. Love, USMC

Quartermaster Sergeant Wilbur T. Love joined Headquarters Detachment, 6th Machine Gun Battalion at its formation at Quantico in September, 1917, and served with the battalion throughout the war.  

For his actions at Belleau Wood on June 7-8, 1918, Quartermaster Sgt Love was awarded the Silver Star Citation.  His commendation read:  “He carried supplies and ammunition into the town of Bouresches, on horse-back while the enemy was counter attacking the town.  During this trip he not only ran the gauntlet of raking machine-gun fire from the southern edge of Bois de Belleau, but went through places where bursting shells and gas made passage almost impossible”.

GSgt Love was promoted to 2dLt on September 26, after St. Mihiel and on the eve of the Battle of Blanc Mont.

Several of his citations are shown below.  The US Army Citation is well-known to all students of the AEF, but the others are much less common.  I would be grateful to anyone who could enlighten us regarding the history of these documents.

BJ Omanson


BJ Omanson

Published in: on June 8, 2011 at 12:47 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. The first certificate was awarded along with the Verdun Medal (France) to all Allied defenders of the city, including to American troops of the AEF who assisted in the defense of Verdun during the Meuse-Argonne Campaign in 1918.

    The fourth certificate was awarded along with the French version of the Allied WWI Victory Medal.

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