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Edward Christopher Allworth
US Army Medal of Honor
Born (1895-07-06)July 6, 1895
Died June 24, 1966(1966-06-24) (aged 70)
Place of birth Battle Ground, Washington
Place of death Portland, Oregon
Place of burial Crystal Lake Cemetery
Corvallis, Oregon
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1917 - 1922
Rank Major
Unit 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg - Medal of Honor

Edward Christopher Allworth (July 6, 1895 – June 24, 1966) was an American officer in the United States Army during World War I.

Biography[edit | edit source]

Allworth was born in Battle Ground, Washington, Allworth graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1916. He enlisted at Corvallis, Oregon in 1917 and joined the 60th Infantry Regiment of the 5th Division. On November 5, 1918, mere days from the armistice, Allworth and his company crossed the Meuse River via a canal bridge near the French village of Clery-le-Petit. When shellfire destroyed the bridge and separated the company into two halves, Allworth swam across with some of his men while under fire from the enemy. Leading a subsequent charge towards the enemy lines, he forced them back one kilometre,[1] taking 100 prisoners[2] and thus capturing the bridgehead.[3] For this action, Allworth received the Medal of Honor. In 1925, Allworth rejoined the $3 faculty as secretary of the Alumni Association, secretary of the Memorial Union Board of Governors, and manager of the Memorial Union. He published a set of memoirs titled Edward C. Allworth Papers, 1954-1963[4] before he retired in 1963. He died in Portland, Oregon on June 24, 1966.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

  • Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, 60th Infantry, 5th Division.
  • Place and date: At Clery-le-Petit, France, November 5, 1918.
  • Entered service at: Corvallis, Oregon
  • Born: July 6, 1895, Crawford, Washington
  • General Order No. 16. Department of War 1919.


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 machinegun 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 re-establishment of a bridgehead over the canal and the successful advance of other troops.

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  1. Military.com site retrieved on March 10, 2007
  2. home of Heroes page retrieved on March 10, 2007
  3. Military.com page retrieved on March 10, 2007
  4. Oregon University site retrieved on March 10, 2007

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