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Catalog Number 00892
Object Name Statue
Description Pvt. George Dilboy, the Greek-American hero who was awarded the Congressional Medal in the First War. World War I Citation: Private George Dilboy, Deceased, Company H, 103rd Infantry. For Gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty near Belleau, France, July 18, 1918. After his platoon had gained its objective along a railroad embankment, Private Dilboy, accompanying his platoon leader to reconnoiter the ground beyond was suddenly fired upon by an enemy machine gun fire from one hundred yards. From a standing position on the railroad track fully exposed to view, he opened fire at once, but, failing to silence the gun, rushed forward with his bayonet fixed through a wheat field toward the gun emplacemen, falling within twenty-five yards of the gun with his right leg nearly severed and with several bullet holes in his body. With courage undaunted he continued to fire into the emplacement from a prone position, killing two of the enemy and dispersing the rest of the crew.
The stauette is a replica of the monument as it stands ons the grounds of Hines Hospital at Hines, Illinois. The Stauette is of brass standing 8.75" tall.
The statuette was sent ot Governor Robert D. Blue by the donor who in turn sent it to the Museum of the Department of History and Arhcives July 16, 1947
Source Zaphirio, Peter c/o Gov. R.D. Blue
Received Date 07/16/1947
Collection WW I