Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Engineers,
Place and date: Near Verdun, France, 9 October 1918.
service at: South Ozone, Long Island, N.Y. Birth: Brooklyn, N.Y. G.O. No.:
20, W.D., 1919.
Citation: 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.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)