George W. Blackinton
Colonel, United States Army
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Home: Detroit, Michigan
353d Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12 - 13, 1918
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George W. Blackinton, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Xammes, France, September 12 - 13, 1918.
Having moved his battalion to an advanced position, in accordance with orders, Major Blackinton found himself without support on either flank and no supporting machine guns or artillery two kilometers in advance of our main front line.
In spite of his perilous situation this officer,
with the utmost coolness and good judgment, set to work entrenching and
consolidating the position determined to hold it at all costs, though his
battalion was subjected to artillery and machine-gun fire and was threatened
by counter attack by the enemy in force.