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Joseph Hays Burchfield

(1890-1952)

Joseph Hays Burchfield (Sept. 15, 1890-Nov. 3, 1952) was born in Youngstown, Ohio and studied at the Cleveland School of Art. During World War I, he served in the medical corps of the U.S. Army’s Sixteen Infantry in France. On July 22, 1918, he was shot in the hip while attending to a wounded soldier. For this, and other acts of heroism, General Pershing awarded him the Distinguished Service Cross. Trained as an artist, Joseph later became advertising manager of the George H. Bowman Co. He was one of two older brothers of Charles E. Burchfield. He married Ruth McIntyre and they adopted a son, James.