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Re: 371st COMBAT REGIMENT UNIT MEDAL

A transcribed Army memo (below) describing the design, distribution and memorial purpose of this medallion appears in a 1929 book about the 371st. Should anyone have a 371st medallion they wish to sell, please keep me in mind.
Thanks, Amy
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Headquarters, 371st Infantry,

December 2, 1918.

Memorandum to All Concerned:

The commanding officer desires that all company commanders and others concerned acquaint the men of their units in regard to the proposed memorial monument to be erected on the battlefield in the CHAMPAGNE by the members of the regiment in honor of our fallen comrades. Also that attention be called to the regimental memorial medal which is now in the course of preparation and which will be available to all desiring the same later.

The monument is to be granite block two meters in height apd in the form of a rough hewn stunted obelisk. On each of its four sides there will be a rectangular smooth surface on which will be inscribed the names of our fallen heroes. It will, when finished, be erected on the top of HILL 188. It is being prepared by the firm of H. Labatie in Paris and the total cost will not exceed $3,000.

The memorial medal is also being prepared in Paris by one of the foremost artists in France under the auspices of H. Teterger, the most prominent medallion house in Paris. It will be an exceptionally beautiful piece of workmanship and it is believed that every man in the regiment will wish to own at least one. On one side will be the regmental emblem in relief with the names and dates of the battles in which the regiment has been engaged during the campaign in France. The other side will contain the figure of a Negro soldier in the act of charging the enemy. Below there will appear a cotton field on the right of which is a palmetto tree, the symbol of South Carolina. In the field, cotton pickers are shown and also a typical southern cabin. In the other part of the field a scroll contains the inscription "DULCE ET DECORUM EST PRO PATRIA MORI," which is the regimental motto. The whole will be struck in fine art bronze and will be not only a beautiful souvenir but will ever serve to remind us of the fame our regiment has won in Champagne and the splendid qualities the regimenthas shown since its birth

The medals will be sold at $.75 apiece by the regimental exchange. Company commanders will report the number of men in each company desiring these medals, before pay day this inst. One may subscribe for more than one medal but not over five. More will be available later. These medals will be paid for in advance due to the small regimental fund now available and will be collected for at the first coming pay day. It is also necessary to raise a fund for the monument by voluntary collections this coming pay day, not to exceed $3,000. Appropriate subscriptions to this fund will be considered to be as follows :

Colonel $25.00, Lt. Colonel and Majors $15.00, Captains $10.00, First Lts. $5.00, Second Lts. $3.00, all enlisted men $1.00.

The two collections will be kept separate and reported by each company. The funds themselves will be turned over to the chaplain. It is to be made clear that all the herein referred to subscriptions for the monument as well as the medals are purely voluntary, it being understood that there are both new officers and new men in the regiment who possibly would not feel called upon to subscribe.

Copy to :
All officers comdr. units

ERNEST SAMUSSON,
Captain, 371st Infantry.
Regt'l. Operations and Intelligence Officer.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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