Philippine Insurrection Silver Star + to Gen. Edward King
Edward Leonard King, born 1873 in Massachusetts graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on 1896, having proven himself a star football player. Commissioned, he served in the Philippines and earned the Silver Star fighting the Insurrectionists. Fred Borch in his publication on the Silver Star, noted only 579 Silver Stars were earned in the Philippine Insurrection. In July 1916 he was promoted to Major of the cavalry, and in WWI to Colonel and Chief of Staff of the 28th Infantry Division,. He arrived in Europe in May 1918 and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in June 1918. He participated in the Marne offensive in July 1918, and commanded the 65th Infantry Brigade in the battles of the Somme and Meuse-Argonne.
His group includes his officially hand engraved Silver Star with low edge number 213. His service medals are Philippine Insurrection medal No.6032, Cuban Occupation medal No.3250, and Spanish War Service medal 1722 (All numbers verify to King as a Cavalry officer), and five clasp WWI Victory Medal. French awards are the Legion of Honour and Croix de Guerre. King earned the Distinguished Service Cross and Distinguished Service Medal in World War I. Found in his group is an early pinback DSC/DSM ribbon bar.