|Wilbur E. Colyer|
|Born||March 5, 1898|
|Died||October 10, 1918(aged 20)|
|Place of birth||Brooklyn, New York|
|Place of burial||Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1917 - 1918|
|Unit||Company A, 1st Engineer Regiment, 1st Infantry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Biography[edit | edit source]
Colyer was born March 5, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York and after enlisting in the Army in 1917 was sent to France to fight in World War I. He died October 10, 1918 and is buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York. His grave can be found in section 2, grave 8588.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Engineers, 1st Division. Place and date: Near Verdun, France, 9 October 1918. Entered service at: South Ozone, Long Island, N.Y. Birth: Brooklyn, N.Y. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.
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.
Remembrance[edit | edit source]
On October 9, 2013, the 1st Engineer Battalion hosted a "mud run," modeled after the popular Tough Mudder, that included ruck marching, an obstacle course, and a crawl through a muddy pit. The course was named the "SGT Wilbur E. Colyer Diehard Challenge" in memory of SGT Wilbur.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Service Profile
- "Medal of Honor recipients". World War I. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/worldwari.html. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
- "Wilbur E. Colyer". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/9228. Retrieved July 15, 2009-07-15.
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