Named Officer Map Case of a 2nd Division DSC Recipient


A World War I officer’s case for maps and dispatches, in olive green cotton with shoulder strap and metal belt loops. The case has the expected spots and soiling from field use but remains in very good condition. The case has a covered compartment on one side with an exterior, covered pocket for pencils. The opposite side opens up to create an compartment in which maps would be placed, the compartment being covered with a celluloid panel bearing a printed grid. On the front cover flap the officer who carried the case wrote his name and unit: “Lt. William Meyering Co. D 23rd Inf.”. The 23rd Infantry Regiment was a part of the 2nd Division and, for extraordinary valor on 6 April, 1918, Lieutenant Meyering was decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross. Lieutenant Meyering’s citation was as follows:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) William D. Meyering, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F., at Riga, France, while commanding a platoon of infantry which was attacked by the enemy on the morning of 6 April 1918. First Lieutenant Meyering took effective measures before and during the attack to defeat the enemy and handled his men well, under fire, until he was seriously wounded. Forced to attend to his wound, he refused assistance and walked through the enemy’s barrage to a dressing station. He objected to being taken to the rear till he knew the outcome of the attack. His brave example inspired his men to drive off the enemy, who did not reach our trenches. He lost his right hand by amputation as the result of the wound.”

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