Seeking list of French Medal of Honor given to American Ambulance Drivers

Seeking records WWI French Medal of Honor to American Ambulance Drivers. The Croix de Guerre 1914–1918 is a French military decoration, the first version of the Croix de Guerre. How would I find records of my Grand-father who was an Ambulance Driver that saved several French soldiers, receiving this medal in France. The French Croix de Guerre was awarded to French and Allied soldiers, including 11,589 Americans, for their service during World War I and was authorized by French legislation on April 2, 1915.  Are there documents that list these Americans?

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  • There were two volunteer ambulance organizations. American Field Service and Norton- Harjes. If he was a member of the American Field Service, then his information is listed in the book that was posted. If he was with Norton, there are no central records as Richard Norton died suddenly and most all of his files were lost. If your grandfather joined before August 1917 as a volunteer, then he was probably a university student. Most of the universities that sent students, have archive files concerning them and you could contact the university library and ask if they have any records. If he was a volunteer that also was federalized with the US Army after August, 1917, then you could see if he is listed on the WWI roster records that have recently been released. The best place to find these is on Familysearch.org. It is a free site but you do have to set up an account. If he is listed there, the US Army has a number of books that have information about the awards. These can be found online, I thought I had the site but can not locate it at the moment. Congress had to approve the wearing of foreign medals on US uniforms. If he was not federalized, and he is not in the American Field Service book and you do not know what unit he was with, then I am sorry to say that you probably will not find anything. France is not to willing to search their Archives records. I hope this helps. If I knew his name, maybe I could help you further as my Uncle was with Norton Harjes.

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  • There were two volunteer ambulance organizations. American Field Service and Norton- Harjes. If he was a member of the American Field Service, then his information is listed in the book that was posted. If he was with Norton, there are no central records as Richard Norton died suddenly and most all of his files were lost. If your grandfather joined before August 1917 as a volunteer, then he was probably a university student. Most of the universities that sent students, have archive files concerning them and you could contact the university library and ask if they have any records. If he was a volunteer that also was federalized with the US Army after August, 1917, then you could see if he is listed on the WWI roster records that have recently been released. The best place to find these is on Familysearch.org. It is a free site but you do have to set up an account. If he is listed there, the US Army has a number of books that have information about the awards. These can be found online, I thought I had the site but can not locate it at the moment. Congress had to approve the wearing of foreign medals on US uniforms. If he was not federalized, and he is not in the American Field Service book and you do not know what unit he was with, then I am sorry to say that you probably will not find anything. France is not to willing to search their Archives records. I hope this helps. If I knew his name, maybe I could help you further as my Uncle was with Norton Harjes.

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