Sergeant Wilbur E. Colyer, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor Recipient

Colyer of Company A, 1st Engineers, 1st Division was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions near Verdun, France, October 9, 1918.


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.

Photo courtesy of the First Division Museum