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World War I - U.S. Army

Edward R Talley

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company L, 117th Infantry,
    30th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 7, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Ponchaux, France
Undeterred by seeing several comrades killed in attempting to put a hostile machine-gun nest out of action, Sgt. Talley attacked the position singlehandedly. Armed only with a rifle, he rushed the nest in the face of intense enemy fire, killed or wounded at least six of the crew, and silenced the gun. When the enemy attempted to bring forward another gun and ammunition he drove them back by effective fire from his rifle.
Medal of Honor Recipient Edward R. Talley
Medal of Honor Recipient Edward R. Talley
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Russellville, Hamblen County, Tennessee
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: September 6, 1890, Russellville, Hamblen County, TN, United States
  • Died: December 14, 1950, Whitesburg, TN, United States
  • Buried: Bent Creek Cemetery (PMH), Whitesburg, TN, United States

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