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World War I - U.S. Army

Wilbur E Colyer

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A, 1st Engineers,
    1st Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 9, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Verdun, France
Volunteering with two other soldiers to locate machine-gun 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.
Medal of Honor Recipient Wilbur E. Colyer
Medal of Honor Recipient Wilbur E. Colyer
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: South Ozone, Queens County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: March 5, 1898, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY, United States
  • Died: October 10, 1918, France
  • Buried: Cypress Hills National Cemetery (PMH) (2-8588), Brooklyn, NY, United States
  • Location of Medal: 1st Infantry Division Museum at Cantigny, Wheaton, IL

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