The Fifth Infantry Division



World War I





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 HRA File No. B0209020000051

1919 Doughboy Poster. "The Homeward-Bound Smile." Caption reads: "Joseph C. Chase, the well known American artist, has recently returned from France where he was sent by the War Department to make portraits of the American generals. After completing this task he painted fifty doughboy heroes who had won the Distinguished Service Cross." Some of these original portraits by J.C. Chase hang in the armed forces history collection of the Division of Military and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. 


From the book:

Chase, Joseph Cummings. (1920). SOLDIERS ALL:  Portraits and Sketches of The Men of the A. E. F. George H. Doran Company: New York, NY. Page 351:

WALTER E. GAULTNEY, Corporal, Company K, 11th Infantry, 5th Division.

Corporal Gaultney was picked out by his commander as the example of his finest type of soldier. He was wounded, but that couldn't stop him. Alert, ingenious, speedy, heedless of personal danger, he went at the Hun like Samson with the well known jaw-bone-only this young Samson's jaw-bone was that nice long trench knife you see strapped along his pack just east of his smile.