Pre Medal for Valor

Before there was a Kentucky Medal for valor, individuals were cited for courageous action above and beyond the call of duty by a Citation. Examples discovered so far are displayed below.


Citation given in 1920

General Orders NO 12
Aug. 29, 1927

Corporal Harold L. Douds, 137th Hospital Company, Ky. N.G., is hereby cited for courageous action above and beyond the call of duty on Aug. 12, 1927, at Camp Knox, Kentucky, in that

Corporal Douds discovered a horse blocking the railway of the Illinois Central Railroad Company near Camp Knox, Kentucky, on a high trestle at midnight. At the risk of his own life and limb Corporal Douds proceeded across the trestle and flagged an approaching passenger train.

It was stated by responsible railroad officials that had the train struck the horse, derailment would probably have occurred with great loss of life.

Corporal Douds is therefore commended.

By order of the Governor:
James A. Kehoe,
The Adjutant General