Captain John D. Spencer

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Record 164/678
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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Collection World War I
Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
Description Gelatin print of Captain John D. Spencer.
Year Range from 1918
Event World War I
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1919
Medium Photographic Paper
Neg # 23340
Notes Bust view image of Captain John D. Spencer. He wears a Model 1917 Officer's Tunic with "US" and crossed rifles infantry insignia with "127" above; Captains bars on his shoulder loops; Sam Browne Belt; and two medals on his left breast: the Distinguished Service Cross and the Croix-de-Gurre with Silver Star. An unidentified ribbon bar is also on his left breast. He wears a 32nd Division "Red Arrow" patch on his left shoulder and a discharge stripe on his left sleeve.
John Daniel Spencer was born in Oshkosh, WI on June 14, 1890, the son of Abner and Clara Hamer Spencer. He married some time between 1914 and 1916 to Rose P. Beglinger. John enlisted in 1907 and is listed as 2nd Lieutenant in Company B, 2nd Wisconsin National Guard in 1914 and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant on April 30, 1915. He served in Texas during the Mexican Border War of 1916. Spencer remained with the company when they became Company B, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division in July 1917. On August 3, 1918 Spencer took command of Company B, 127th Infantry. During the assault on the town of Fismes, France, he lead the company in attacking several German Machine Guns. He was severely wounded in the side by a bullet and was carried from the field. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the French Croix-de-Guerre for his coolness and bravery in action. He was later promoted to Captain. He lived in Oshkosh the rest of his life and died on April 14, 1963.
Object ID P2005.49
Object Name Print, Photographic
Other # L302
People Spencer, John D.
Print size 4" x 6"
Subjects Portrait photographs
127th United States Infantry
32nd Division
World War I
Title Captain John D. Spencer
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