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Only fourteen American soldiers in World War I received the British Military Medal, and Frank C. Roseman of Spencer, was one of them. During the operation of 29 September 1918, near Bellicourt, Roseman, was on duty as a guard while his squad was at work. Upon being halted by two Germans who had penetrated the lines, he threw himself on the ground and shot both of them, barely avoiding their fire. His presence of mind and immediate action permitted the continuance of the work without interruption.
Samuel I. Parker, born in Monroe, NC, in 1891, holds the distinction of being the most decorated American soldier of World War I. He is the recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, for his actions in the Battle of Soissons, France. He is the country's first military man to receive the nation's three highest military honors for valor in battle. He was a lieutenant at the time and later served as a colonel in World War II.