Army Memorabilia

Green, Sidney J.

Rank: Corporal
Serial Number: 131261
Military Branch: HQ Co., 17th Field Artillery, 2nd Division
Origin: New Hampshire
Date of Death: 1954-7-26
Featured: No

Sidney James Green was born in Munsonville, New Hampshire on August 13, 1893, to his parents, Harry and Mildred. His parents were of Canadian origin. The 1920 census shows him as single, and the 1930 census shows him as married to his wife, Ruth. He was in the class of 1918 at New Hampshire College, but went into the service before graduating. His records show that he was inducted in Ft. Slocum, NY on July 2, 1917. He made PFC on January 17, 1918, Corporal May 24, 1918, and Sergeant May 6, 1919. He was discharged at Camp Devens August 14, 1919. He died in Newington, Connecticut July 26, 1954.

Green's overseas service is shown as being from December 14, 1917 to August 4, 1919, that indicates he was in the Army of Occupation in Germany. His WW1 campaigns were Aisne, Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, and Defensive Sector, according to his records.

Corporal Green's medal group includes his WW1 split brooch Silver Star with Oak Leaf, edge numbered 16920, WW1 Victory medal with 4 bars, French Croix de Guerre with silver star, Occupation medal, collar disks, and ribbon bars, with small silver star on the Victory ribbon. In addition there are copies of 2nd Division General Orders, his award cards, copies of his later Connecticut State Guard records, photocopy of his guard unit in 1944, and his original framed Croix de Guerre, Silver Star certificates, plus internet research.

Corporal Green's first Silver Star was awarded for gallantry in action aginst the enemy in the Champaign Sector as cited in GO 64. His second citation is found in GO 88, page 165 as follows: "Called upon for the greatest physical exertion while a member of the regimental telephone detail and worked under extremely dangerous circumstances both day and night while laying telephone lines and keeping them in working order. He was several times subjected to severe enemy shell fire but he continued in the perfornce of his duty and maintained liason throughout the attack on BLANC MONT."

Green's Croix de Guerre citation card simply reads: " French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star, under Order No. 13.355 D, dated Feb. 8, 1919. For acts near Blanc Mont." The action cited occured October 6, 1918, and was the 2nd Division's last push before being relieved.

In the group picture below, Green is third from right in front row.. Closeup shows him in center. He would have been 51 years old at that time. Wonder what his T-shirt said? As of March, 2014, this group has moved on to another collector.

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