Colonel, United States Army
Captain, U.S. Army
Home: Boston Massachusetts
101st Engineers, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: March 17, 1918
General Orders No. No. 129, W.D., 1928
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Cornelius Beard, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at the front near Chavignon, France, March 17, 1918.
Captain Beard was knocked down by a shell explosion,
which caused him to lose consciousness. Upon regaining consciousness he
searched for and found some of his men. During two hours he assisted Sergeant
Reed and Corporal Belanger, of his detachment, back to the trenches, part
of the time under fire of a German aviator and of German artillery. His
energy, self-sacrifice, and spirit throughout the operation were of the