Colonel Westnedge’s Citations
NAME: Joseph B. Westnedge MEDAL: Army Distinguished Service Medal AWARDED (POSTHUMOUSLY) FOR ACTIONS DURING World War I SERVICE: Army RANK: Colonel DIVISION: 32d Division, American Expeditionary Forces GENERAL ORDERS: War Department, General Orders No. 70 (1919) CITATION: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Colonel (Infantry) Joseph B. Westnedge, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. With signal ability Colonel Westnedge Commanded the 126th Infantry, 32d Division, from date of its organization to its final engagement during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, inspiring the members of his command by his personal courage and indefatigable zeal; he kept his regiment efficiently organized at all times as demonstrated by the successful results obtained in its operations against the enemy. During his service at the front he contracted a disease which subsequently proved fatal.
NAME:Joseph B. Westnedge MEDAL: Silver Star AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING: World War I SERVICE: Army DIVISION: 32d Division, American Expeditionary Forces GENERAL ORDERS: GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 5 (June 3, 1919) CITATION: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), Colonel (Infantry) Joseph B. Westnedge, United States Army, is cited (Posthumously) by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. Colonel Westnedge distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving as Commanding Officer, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, American Expeditionary Forces, in action between the Ourcq and Vesle Rivers, France, 28 July 1918, and by his brilliant leadership of his regiment.
NAME: Joseph Burchnall Westnedge, Colonel, U.S. Army REGIMENT/DIVISION: 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F. DATE OF ACTION: 31 July to 6 August 1918 DEGREE OF AWARD: Croix de Guerre with palm GENERAL ORDERS: Order No. 12.335 "D," 15 December 1918, General Headquarters, French Armies of the East CITATION: “Between the Ourcq and the Vesle from July 31 to August 6, 1918, he displayed great qualities as a leader and great coolness under fire and largely contributed to the success of the operations of his brigade.”
The American Legion Joseph B. Westnedge Post 36