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George Mallon, recipient of the Medal of Honor, was a powerfully built man with the courage of a lion. The son of an Irish immigrant, he grew up on a wheat farm in rural Kansas, immediately adjacent to the eastern edge of Fort Riley. He served in the regular army in the Philippine War, rising to the rank of sergeant. Captain George Mallon led a company of infantry in the assault on a formidable German position on the opening day of the World War’s Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Days later, he was badly wounded. He became one of Pershing’s 100 Heroes of the war. However, George Mallon’s life was so much more than his impressive military accomplishments. As a young man, Mallon pursued a promising boxing career. He became a labor leader & organizer and ran for state office in Minnesota. He had the courage of his convictions to improve the life of the working class in a time when those in power considered such a position radical. Thugs and mobs, who harassed and attacked his colleagues, always faded away when Captain Mallon was present. Through all of this, he maintained close friendships with his political adversaries, who, like Mallon, were war veterans. Perhaps his greatest honor was being chosen to be the first to be buried in the newly established Fort Snelling National Cemetery in 1939.
The world must be made safe for democracy. Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty. We have no selfish ends to serve. We desire no conquest, no dominion. We seek no indemnities for ourselves, no material compensation for the sacrifices we shall freely make. We are but one of the champions of the rights of mankind. We shall be satisfied when those rights have been made as secure as the faith and the freedom of nations can make them – President Woodrow Wilson April 2, 1917