“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

South Ozone Park in Queens County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Sergeant Colyer Square

Sargeant Colyer Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Erik Lander, April 16, 2012
1. Sargeant Colyer Square Marker
Inscription.  Dedicated to the memory of Wilbur E Colyer Sergeant Co. A 1st Engineers 1st Division USA Killed in action October 10, 1918 Hill 269 Verdun France Awarded the Medal Of Honor Erected by the Wilbur E Colyer Post 28 American Legion and citizens of this community
Erected 1932.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 40° 40.483′ N, 73° 48.322′ W. Marker is in South Ozone Park, New York, in Queens County. Marker is on Rockaway Boulevard near 133rd Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: South Ozone Park NY 11420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. U.S. Post Office Veterans Memorial (approx. 1˝ miles away); Morris Park World War I Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ramblerville Hawtree Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Prospect Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); a different marker also named
Sergeant Colyer Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 25, 2011
2. Sergeant Colyer Square Marker
Grave marker inscription-Sergeant Wilbur E. Colyer, Co.A. 1st Engineers, Mar. 5, 1898-Oct. 10, 1918-Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for act performed Oct. 10. 1918. He is buried in Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn NY. MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION-*COLYER, WILBUR E. (Killed in Action) 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. 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.
Prospect Cemetery (approx. 1.9 miles away); The King Mansion (approx. 2 miles away); The Old Stone Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Jamaica Center Sidewalk Clock (approx. 2.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 16, 2012, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 489 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on April 16, 2012, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York.   2. submitted on January 3, 2013, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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