IDENTIFIED 37th ENGINEERS WWI VICTORY MEDAL
Very rare to find with ironclad provenance and all original shipping materials. The medal has four clasps, AISINE - MARNE, ST.
MIHIEL, MEUSE ARGONNE AND DEFENSIVE SECTOR. Original tissue paper. The box top and packing slip list the clasps
and the issue number matches that on the shipping sleeve.
Horace Thompson Brettelle
Brettelle was born on 6/1/1894 in Columbus, OH. After 1920 he moved to Michigan. At the time of his death he was living at 185000
Hillcrest Blvd, in Birmingham, MI. He died on 5/4/1963 in Detroit, MI, and buried in Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, OH.
Enlisted on 2/26/1918 in Co. C 37th Engineers.
Transferred to Co. F 37th Engineers on 6/20/1918.
Transferred to Regimental HQ 37th Engineers on 9/3/1918.
Honorably discharged on 4/1/1919.
The 37th Engineer Battalion was organized Jan. 16, 1918 and fought in two major campaigns in France: St. Mihiel and Meuse-
Argonne. The battalion was made up of electricians, mechanics, and graduate engineers from all over the country. They installed and
maintained barbed wire ahead of front line trenches, maintained water supply, and furnished electric light for hospitals. They were
the first American soldiers to cross the Rhine River in Germany after the Armistice on Nov. 11, 1918.
The battalion was demobilized in March of 1919. $275