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CMOHS.org - Sergeant COLYER, WILBUR E., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

COLYER, WILBUR E.

Rank: Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company A
Division: 1st Engineers, 1st Division
Born: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: South Ozone, Long Island, N.Y.
G.O. Number: 20
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Verdun, France, 9 October 1918
 
 


COLYER, WILBUR E. Photo
 
Citation

Volunteering with 2 other soldiers to locate machinegun nests, Sgt. Colyer advanced on the hostile positions to a point where he was half surrounded by the nests, which were in ambush. He killed the gunner of one gun with a captured German grenade and then turned this gun on the other nests silencing all of them before he returned to his platoon. He was later killed in action.