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WWI 37th Div. officer's Distinguished Service Cross group

Francis Xavier Schumacher, born 14 Mar. 1892 in Dayton, Ohio, was a well-known forester both before and after his wartime service and much can be found on the web about this man. He entered the U.S. Army in 1916 and went overseas with the 148th Infantry Regiment of the 37th Division AEF. Schumacher served as a company commander of infantry in the Meuse-Argonne, Saint-Mihiel, and Ypres-Lyn offensives before being wounded by gunshot and earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Belgium Croix de Guerre, and the Purple Heart. Discharged in 1919 with the rank of captain, he returned to forestry and in 1937 he became a professor of forestry at Duke University. He died at Duke University Medical Center, 3 June 1967, at age seventy-five and is buried in the National Cemetery, Raleigh, NC.

His group, obtained from the estate, includes his wrap broach DSC (had to be reribboned due to damage from being frame mounted) engraved and numbered 6662. The reverse is beautifully full engraved and the number verifies on the rolls. His Purple Heart is officially engraved and numbered 35952 (original ribbon with some damage to reverse of ribbon as it was mounted with the DSC). Further included is his Victory Medal with four clasps YPRES-LYS, ST. MIHIEL, MUESE-ARGONNE and DEFENSIVE SECTOR and his Belgium Croix de Guerre.


Distinguished Service Cross Citation
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Co. K, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division, AEF
Date of Action: November 3, 1918


The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to

Francis X. Schumacher, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army,

for extraordinary heroism in action near Hearne,

Belgium, November 3, 1918. In the face of terrific

machine-gun and artillery fire, First Lieutenant

Schumaker gave valuable assistance in the

constructions of a log bridge over the Scheldt River,

which enabled his battalion to cross and establish

itself in its objective. He remained with his company

after being wounded until he was forced to be


General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919

Postwar photo, from the web.