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World War I - U.S. Army

Edward C Allworth

  • Rank: Captain (Highest Rank: Major)
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    60th Infantry,
    5th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 5, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Clery-le-Petit, France

While his company was crossing the Meuse River and canal at a bridgehead opposite Clery-le-Petit, the bridge over the canal was destroyed by shell fire and Capt. Allworth's command became separated, part of it being on the east bank of the canal and the remainder on the west bank. Seeing his advance units making slow headway up the steep slope ahead, this officer mounted the canal bank and called for his men to follow. Plunging in he swam across the canal under fire from the enemy, followed by his men. Inspiring his men by his example of gallantry, he led them up the slope, joining his hard-pressed platoons in front. By his personal leadership he forced the enemy back for more than a kilometer, overcoming machine-gun nests and capturing 100 prisoners, whose number exceeded that of the men in his command. The exceptional courage and leadership displayed by Capt. Allworth made possible the reestablishment of a bridgehead over the canal and the successful advance of other troops.

Medal of Honor Recipient Edward C. Allworth
Medal of Honor Recipient Edward C. Allworth
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Corvallis, Benton County, Oregon
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 9, 1919

    Chaumont, France - presented by General John J. Pershing

  • Born: July 6, 1895, Crawford, Clark County, WA, United States
  • Died: June 24, 1966, Multnomah, OR, United States
  • Buried: Crystal Lake Masonic Cemetery (PMH) (3-736-6), Corvallis, OR, United States
  • Location of Medal: U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center, Carlisle, PA

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