Thanks for the reply. I would have replied earlier, but my computer's motherboard committed suicide. Knock on wood, the replacement seems to be working.
Small world... it just dawned on me that the relative (Otto Krauss) that this is addressed to is buried here in the US in the the city I live in, Syracuse... less than ten miles away. I contacted another relative and her records show that he served from 1906-1909, so you're dead on!
I find the iron cross story a little hokey, but my mother swears that's the story she was told. Its just too neat. Supposedly it was taken the sniper that killed him... I just can for the life of me wrap my head around the idea of retrieving something like that if it was trench warfare and all. Then again... I know very little about the time period so who knows? Its a neat story to go with the iron cross and the pictures of my great-great-great-cousin-or-something.