Flanagan, Gordon Dayton, Cpl

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Primary Unit
1918-1919, 80th Division
Service Years
1917 - 1919

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One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1894
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Red Creek
Last Address
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Date of Passing
May 23, 1949
 
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Wound Chevron (1917-1932) World War I Victory Button


 Unofficial Badges 

Artillery Shoulder Cord




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Silver Star Citation

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Awarded for actions during the World War I

By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Private Gordon D. Flanagan (ASN: 1833380), United States Army, is cited by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Private Flanagan distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving with Battery A, 313th Field Artillery, 80th Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action at Hill 294, France, in continually firing his piece in plain view of the enemy. [This award was rescinded under GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 9 (August 1, 1920) as the recipient has been awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for deed including this act.]

General Orders: GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 2 (June 3, 1919)

Action Date: World War I

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Battery A

Regiment: 313th Field Artillery

Division: 80th Division, American Expeditionary Forces
 

Distinguished Service Cross

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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 Distinguished Service Cross to Private Gordon D. Flanagan (ASN: 1833380), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery A, 313th Field Artillery, 80th Division, A.E.F., near Dannevoux, France, 28 September 1918. The fieldpiece of which Private Flanagan was gunner was moved by hand to a position exposed to observation and enemy fire, in order to deliver direct fire upon the enemy guns near Vilosnes. The officer in charge was called away early in the engagement and Private Flanagan took command during the critical period and fired 200 rounds at enemy guns. In spite of the heavy enemy fire concentrated upon his position, he delivered a very effective fire on the enemy. He ceased to fire only after his gun had been struck by shell splinters from both front and rear.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 24 (1920)

Action Date: 28-Sep-18

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Battery A

Regiment: 313th Field Artillery

Division: 80th Division, American Expeditionary Forces


 

   
Other Comments:

THE FLANAGAN BROTHERS HILLERY BENSON BORN 19 JULY 1892 AND GORDON DAYTON BORN 21 MAY 1894 WERE FROM THE FIRST GROUP OF 66 MEN DRAFTED FROM TUCKER COUNTY WV ON 20 SEPTMEBER 1917 KNOWN LOCALLY AT THAT TIME AS "THE 66." BOTH SERVED IN BATTERY "A" OF THE 313TH FIELD ARTILLERY HILLERY AS SERGEANT AND GORDON AS CORPORAL.  ACCORDING TO "A HISTORY OF THE 313TH FIELD ARTILLEY" BY THOMAS IRVING CROWELL HILLERY WAS WOUNDED ON 9 OCTOBER 1918 NEAR THE BOIS DE SEPTSARGES WHEN THE RECOIL OF HIS FIELD PIECE CUT ONE OF HIS FINGERS OFF HE WAS EVACUATED AND THEN RETURNED TO DUTY ON 15 DECEMBER 1918. GORDON WAS WOUNDED ON 30 SEPTEMBER 1918 NEAR BOIS JURE BY AN ACCIDENTAL GUN SHOT HE WAS EVACUATED AND APPOINTED TO CORPORAL 1 OCTOBER 1918 AND RETURNED TO DUTY.  GORDON PASSED AWAY IN RAINELLE, GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV ON 23 MAY 1949.  HILLERY PASSED AWAY IN THE VETERANS HOSPITAL ON 19 JULY 1957.



   

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 Unit Assignments
313th Field Artillery BattalionU.S. Army80th Division
  1918-1919, 313th Field Artillery Battalion/A Battery
  1918-1919, American Expeditionary Force
  1918-1919, 80th Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I
  1918-1918 World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
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