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World War I - U.S. Army

Daniel Richmond Edwards

  • Rank: Private First Class (Highest Rank: Major)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C, 3d Machine Gun Battalion,
    1st Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 18, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Soissons, France
Reporting for duty from the hospital where he had been for several weeks under treatment for numerous and serious wounds and although suffering intense pain from a shattered arm, he crawled alone into an enemy trench for the purpose of capturing or killing enemy soldiers known to be concealed therein. He killed four of the men and took the remaining four men prisoners; while conducting them to the rear, one of the enemy was killed by a high-explosive enemy shell which also completely shattered one of Pfc. Edwards' legs, causing him to be immediately evacuated to the hospital. The bravery of Pfc. Edwards, now a tradition in his battalion because of his previous gallant acts, again caused the morale of his comrades to be raised to high pitch.
Medal of Honor Recipient Daniel R. Edwards
Medal of Honor Recipient Daniel R. Edwards
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Bruceville, McLennan County, Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: April 9, 1888, Mooreville, Falls County, TX, United States
  • Died: October 21, 1967, Hot Springs, AR, United States
  • Buried: Cunningham Cemetery (MH), Royal, AR, United States

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