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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Whitefish Bay, WI - June 3, 2010

Son accepts Purple Heart for late father wounded in WWI

Elynn Bautz remembers seeing the dent in her father's head, particularly after his hair thinned and eventually disappeared.

Though Marshall Bautz rarely told his children about his World War I experiences, the attempt by a German artillery crew to kill him was plain to see.

Bautz was at his telegraph key tapping out enemy troop movements in a tent in Fismes, France, when an artillery shell exploded, breaking his leg and three ribs and wounding him in the head. It was Aug. 6, 1918, and Bautz, a 23-year-old corporal in the Wisconsin National Guard's 32nd Division, recuperated from his injuries in the home of a French family.

He earned a "wound chevron" - a gold stripe worn on his uniform's right sleeve - but not a Purple Heart.

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