WWI UDC Cross of Military Service to Medal of Honor Recipient
WWI CMS number 738 presented posthumously to next of kin of 118th Infantry, 30th Division Medal of Honor recipient James D. Heriot of South Carolina.
Sgt. Heriot was killed while serving with the 118th Infantry Regiment of the 30th Division in an action that earned him our nations Medal of Honor. The cross is in excellent condition however the original ribbon is gone and reribboned on WWI Victory drape that has obviously been there many years.
Medal of Honor Citation
Cpl. Heriot, with 4 other soldiers, organized a combat group and attacked an enemy machine-gun nest which had been inflicting heavy casualties on his company. In the advance 2 of his men were killed, and because of the heavy fire from all sides the remaining 2 sought shelter. Unmindful of the hazard attached to his mission, Cpl. Heriot, with fixed bayonet, alone charged the machinegun, making his way through the fire for a distance of 30 yards and forcing the enemy to surrender. During this exploit he received several wounds in the arm, and later in the same day, while charging another nest, he was killed.