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Wilbur E. Colyer
Born (1898-03-05)March 5, 1898
Died October 10, 1918(1918-10-10) (aged 20)
Place of birth Brooklyn, New York
Place of burial Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1917 - 1918
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company A, 1st Engineer Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor

Wilbur E. Colyer (March 5, 1898 – October 10, 1918) was an American soldier serving in the U.S. Army during World War I who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Colyer was born March 5, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York and after enlisting in the Army in 1917[1] was sent to France to fight in World War I.[2] 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.[3]

Medal of Honor citation

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.[2]


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


  1. Service Profile
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Medal of Honor recipients". World War I. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved July 15, 2009. 
  3. "Wilbur E. Colyer". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 15, 2009-07-15. 

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