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World War I Victory Medal: rainbow colored striped ribbon suspended from a brass pin back; gold bars on ribbon stamped "AISNE"/"MEUSE-ARGONNE"/"DEFENSIVE SECTOR"; circular medallion at the bottom with figure of winged Victory holding a shield and a sword; back side reads "THE GREAT WAR FOR CIVILIZATION/FRANCE/ITALY/SERBIA/JAPAN/MONTENEGRO/RUSSIA/GREECE/GREAT BRITAIN/BELGIUM/BRAZIL/PORTUGAL/ROMANIA/CHINA"; a shield design in the center with "US". 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.
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