|Birth: ||Oct. 23, 1883|
|Death: ||Mar. 6, 1948|
CROIX DE GUERRE FOR DR. GILFILLAN
Keokuk Physician is Cited Along with Hospital Unit for Spien-did Work Under Fire Last Summer.
WORKED UNDER FIRE
Unit Expecially Commended for Work in Chauteau Thierry, Argonne and Meuse Drives
Dr. B. L. Gilfillan of Keokuk, has received a much coveted military honor. He is to receive the Croix de Guerre, conferred upon him by the French commander-in-chief, Marshall Petain, for distinguished service.
The cross has been conferred upon each member in the unit of the mobile hospital, number one, to which surgical unit dr. Gilfillan was assigned to duty.
The citation reads as follows:
"Under the approval of te commanding general of the American expedition force in France, the marshal of France, commander in charge of the French, the marshal of France, commander in charge of the French armies in the east, awards the Croix de Guerre to the mobile hospital number one in the American expedition force under the direction of Colonel Donald Macrae of the medical corps of the United States army, it having particulary distinguished itself during the months of June, July and August in 1918 at Coullommiers, Chateau Thierry treating under a constant aerial bombardment a certain number of French wounded, taking part afterwards in the operations in the Meuse and Argonne engagements where it distinguished itself anew at Fromerville, in the treatment of the wounded despite the bombardment of every desription and contitions of greatest stress."
The French Croix de Guerre is one of the most coveted of military medals, and presentatin of the medal of American soldiers is quite an honor. This will be the secon decoration of the nature for Keokuk doctors, Dr. Rankin receiving one.
(ref: The Daily Gate City and Constitution-Democrat, Keokuk, IA, August 8, 1919, Page 9.)
Keokuk National Cemetery
Plot: H, 21
Imported from: US Veteran's Affairs
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 2881285