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Manufactured by:
Graco Awards Manufacturing, Inc., American, 1981 - 2011  Search this
Ballou Company, American, 1942 - 2009  Search this
Issued by:
United States Army, American, founded 1775  Search this
Received by:
Lewis Cunningham Broadus, American, 1875 - 1960  Search this
metal and ribbon
H x W x D (abc): 1 7/16 × 7/16 × 1/2 in. (3.7 × 1.1 × 1.3 cm)
H x W x D (a): 1 3/8 × 3/8 × 1/2 in. (3.5 × 0.9 × 1.2 cm)
H x W x D (bc): 7/16 × 7/16 × 9/16 in. (1.1 × 1.1 × 1.5 cm)
Place made:
Tomball, Harris County, Texas, United States, North and Central America
East Providence, Rhode Island, United States, North and Central America
Awarded 1906; issued 2006
Lewiston Cunningham Broadus (1875-1960) was veteran of the United States Army, who served his country with valor for over 32 years, from 1897 to 1923. As a Buffalo Soldier in the 25th Infantry, Captain Broadus was a veteran of the Indian wars, saw action in the Texas-Mexican border skirmishes, fought in the Spanish-American War with Theodore Roosevelt's "Rough Riders" at San Juan Hill, and served with Captain Young's troopers at the Presidio in San Francisco. In World War I, he fought in the 92nd Infantry with General Pershing in major European campaigns. On July 3, 1906 while Broadus was a first sergeant stationed at Fort Niobrara, NE, a disgruntled private attempted to shoot an officer who had reported him for abusive language. Broadus grabbed the rifle by the muzzle as the shot was fired, thereby protecting the officer and nearly being hit by the bullet himself. For this action, he was awarded a Certificate of Merit from President Theodore Roosevelt. The award was later converted to a Distinguished Service Cross on April 26, 1934. After lobbying efforts by the family, the Department of the Army issued the Cross to Lewis Broadus's surviving family members in 2006.
Distinguished Service Cross medal ribbon bar issued to Lewis Broadus. The ribbon is mainly blue with edge stripes of white and red. The back has two butterfly clutches lapel pin backs. The back of the medal has a rectangular shape cut out of the center showing the hollow inside. Above the rectangular hole is the manufacture’s mark that reads, [GRACO - GI].
African American  Search this
Buffalo Soldiers  Search this
Military  Search this
Spanish-American War, 1898  Search this
World War I  Search this
World War II  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Lewis Broadus Family
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