The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*COLYER, WILBUR E.
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.