Croix de Guerre


: a French military decoration awarded for gallant action in war

Examples of Croix de Guerre in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Overseas, Johnson and compatriot Needham Roberts received the Croix de Guerre — France’s highest award for valor. Brennon Dixson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 Johnson and Needham became the first Americans to receive the French Croix de Guerre award for military valor. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 June 2023 The North Carolina native served one tour of duty on the western edge of the Argonne Forest in France’s Champagne region from 1918-1919, and became one of the first Americans to be awarded France's highest award for valor, the French Croix de Guerre avec Palme. Nakylah Carter, ABC News, 13 June 2023 Alton Hawkes receives the Croix de Guerre from the French government in a 1918 ceremony (left). Christopher Muther,, 23 Mar. 2023 For her wartime action, she was promoted to lieutenant and, along with other resistance fighters, was awarded the prestigious Croix de Guerre. Phil Davison, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2023 Families entrusted us with their heirlooms: a Madam C.J. Walker pin, a Pullman Porter hat, a Croix de Guerre medal awarded to the Harlem Hellfighters, the storied World War I regiment. Lonnie G. Bunch Iii, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2020 See More

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Word History


French, literally, war cross

First Known Use

1915, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Croix de Guerre was in 1915

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“Croix de Guerre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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