William Hansen

World War I
RankCorporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Unit5th USMC Regiment, 2nd Division
Entered Service From
Oregon
Date of DeathJune 6, 1918
StatusMissing In Action
Memorialized Tablets of the Missing
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
Belleau, France

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Navy Cross

The Navy Cross, established by Act of Congress on 4 February 1918 but retroactive to 6 April 1917, is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the United States Navy, Marines or Coast Guard (in time of war), distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from their comrades. In precedence for valor, the Navy Cross ranks immediately behind the Medal of Honor.

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Distinguished Service Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross, established by Act of Congress on 9 July 1918 but retroactive to 6 April 1917, is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the United States Army, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from their comrades. In precedence for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross ranks immediately behind the Medal of Honor.

Navy Cross and Distinguished Service Cross