Master Sergeant Crismon's Military Medals

William Crismon joined the U.S. Army on November 21, 1912 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri.  The first ten years of his more than thirty years of service were in the Artillery with service in the Mexico Punitive Expedition and World War I.  His primary duty was the care, training and use of horses in military campaigns.  Pop was a "Horse Soldier" and a very good one!  In 1922 Sergeant Crismon was transferred to the Second Cavalry, Troop "A", Fort Riley, Kansas.  Fort Riley was the home of the U.S. Army Cavalry School.  Sergeant Crismon remained in the Fort Riley assignment until mid-December 1941.  Within a week of the beginning of World War II he was transferred to a post in Yuma, Arizona.  Sergeant Crismon remained in the service for two war years until an injury forced his retirement in 1943.

Here is a list of the medals that were awarded to Pop. Click on each Award to see a photo and description of the medal. 

a. Silver Star
b. Mexican Service Medal
c. World War I Victory Medal
d. American Defense Medal
e. World War II Victory Medal
f. Good Conduct Medal
h. Expert Badge with Rifle, Pistol, and Machine Gun bar. This is the Audie Murphy Memorial Award site, an impressive place to visit.

For more about the history of Fort Riley, click hereAt that site interesting articles are: Our Heritage, Custer, Buffalo Soldiers, World War I, and World War II.