Why Galster was awarded the Victoria Cross remains a mystery. The article in the Columbia Republican reports, "South of Arras Capt. Galster was decorated with the military cross." According to Wikipedia, twenty-five Victoria Crosses were awarded for valor during the Battle of Arras, but that battle on the Western Front took place from April 9 through May 17, 1917, before Galster volunteered for service. What was happening "south of Arras" when Galster won his Victoria Cross is not known.
What is known is that, after he was discharged, Galster returned to his medical practice in Hudson, which he conducted from his home at 454 Warren Street, now the location of Nolita.
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