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Major Ralph Sasse was a member of the AEF and was the commander of a Mk V* in the  301st American Tank Battallion. His Mk V* was unusual in that it had a wireless set. As a result of his actions whilst his tank was on reconaisance, on the 8th August during the Battle of Amiens, in rallying infantry and repelling three German counter atacks on the village of Brancourt and signalling the British 2nd Tank Brigade HQ for reinforcements that attived in the nick of time he was awarded the MC. As far as I am aware, and unlike the DSC, there is no exact equivalent in the US army to the MC in the US army. In the British army it is an award for gallantry second only to the VC and above the DSC. Was this a one off or was it usual practice for US officers to be awarded British medals (and of course vice versa)? 

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Scroll down this page:

to "Foreign Decorations" and see that the Military Cross was awarded to no less than 323 Doughboys.

Also, the Kingdom of Montenegro awarded 231 medals in total to Americans, only one of which was the Milosh Obilich. Which variety the fictional Jay Gatsby received is anyone's guess!

Also, the Inter-Allied Victory Medal was instituted specifically to cut down on the number of redundant decorations....all countries participating (and only Serbia opted out, of the victorious nations, afaik) used the same rainbow coloured ribbon and a similar obverse with an angel design of some sort (except Japan, which used a japanese warrior in traditional garb) , so there was no point in getting one from any other nation other than one's own.

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