Colyer, Wilbur E., SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1917-1918, 1st Engineer Combat Battalion
Service Years
1917 - 1918


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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Brooklyn, New York
Last Address
South Ozone, New York

Casualty Date
Oct 10, 1918
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
World War I
Location of Interment
Cypress Hills National Cemetery - Brooklyn, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 2, Grave 8588

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War I FallenMedal of Honor Recipients
  1918, World War I Fallen
  1918, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Engineer Combat Battalion
  1917-1918, 1st Engineer Combat Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Montdidier-Noyon Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Aisne-Marne Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/St. Mihiel Campaign
  1918-1918 World War I/World War I/Meuse-Argonne Campaign
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. Colyer served in France with Company A, 1st Engineers, 1st Division, AEF.

He was awarded posthuously the Medal of Honor for his bravery near Verdun, France, on 9 October 1918.

His citation reads

"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".

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