World War I

George W. Kuhns

Co. C, 304th Field Signal Battalion, 79th Division

Medal given by the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to all service members who fought in World War I. All known examples are bronze in color. This medal is gold, most likely due to Pvt Kuhns being KIA. Pvt George W. Kuhns entered service June 4, 1918, at Port Slocum, N. Y.; transferred to C Company, 304th Field Signal Bn., June 26, just before sailing overseas; assigned to First Section of company, going to 313th Infantry Headquarters Company at Champlitte; entered trenches in Hill 304 sector, occupying position from September 13th to 25th; went forward on 26th in drive on Montfaucon in Meuse-Argonne offensive; shortly after troops passed through Montfaucon there was congestion of men in one place within direct observation of enemy; men were ordered to scatter, but before they could do so, a tremendous barrage of shrapnel broke, and piece of shell hit and instantly killed Kuhns; buried in German cemetery on road from Montfaucon to Nantillois; his mother, Mrs. Cora J. Kuhns, lives at 539 Spring Street, Bethlehem, Pa.

Date of Incident
September 29, 1918
Montfaucon, France
Killed in Action
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania