Michigan in the World War: Military and Naval Honors of Michigan Men and Women. Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Naval Decorations, Foreign Decorations

Michigan in the World War: Military and Naval Honors of Michigan Men and Women. Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Naval Decorations, Foreign Decorations

Michigan in the World War: Military and Naval Honors of Michigan Men and Women. Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Naval Decorations, Foreign Decorations

Michigan in the World War: Military and Naval Honors of Michigan Men and Women. Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Service Medal, Naval Decorations, Foreign Decorations

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Michigan men and women received over a thousand military decorations for acts of gallantry performed during the World War. Two-thirds of these were official awards of foreign nations made possible by special act of Congress.

For a complete understanding of the foreign decorations it has seemed best to refer the student to the subject "Knighthood" in any standard cyclopoedia, rather than to attempt what at best must prove to be a superficial treatment of so complex a subject.

The material embodied in the present volume is an outgrowth of the larger work undertaken by the War Preparedness Board to present to the people of the State an account of the part played by Michigan in the recent cataeclysm known as the World War.

The subject is supremely worth while. Beside these flesh-and-blood characters of real history the ancient mythical heroes pale into insignificance. Out of the great tragedy of 1914-1918 must come not only a new History, but a new Literature and a new Art as well, transforming the commonplace acts of those unhappy days into a new heroism, a new idealism -- a new life.

C. H. L.

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