I finished a short bio of our adopted soldier Pvt. James V. Schairer at the Flanders Fields American Cemetery at Waregem, Belgium.
In 1919, the Distinguished Service Cross was conferred posthumously upon Pvt. Schairer for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France on September 26, 1918. “Seeing two men fall wounded, Private Schairer immediately went to their assistance, unmindful of the extreme danger to which he was exposed; and, after dragging the men to a shell hole, administered effective first aid.” For his valor, he also received the French Croix de Guerre. In precedence for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross ranks immediately behind the Medal of Honor. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to wear the cross. He was killed, a month later in the performance of his duties at the age of 24.