William Hale Wilbur

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William Hale Wilbur

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Palmer, Massachusetts, USA
Death: December 27, 1979 (91)
Place of Burial: West Point, Orange, New York, USA
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About William Hale Wilbur

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Colonel William Hale Wilbur, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Western Task Force, in action at Fedala, French Morocco, North Africa. Colonel Wilbur prepared the plan for making contact with French commanders in Casablanca and obtaining an armistice to prevent unnecessary bloodshed. On 8 November 1942, he landed at Fedala with the leading assault waves where opposition had developed into a firm and continuous defensive line across his route of advance. Commandeering a vehicle, he was driven toward the hostile defenses under incessant fire, finally locating a French officer who accorded him passage through the forward positions. He then proceeded in total darkness through 16 miles of enemy-occupied country intermittently subjected to heavy bursts of fire, and accomplished his mission by delivering his letters to appropriate French officials in Casablanca. Returning toward his command, Colonel Wilbur detected a hostile battery firing effectively on our troops. He took charge of a platoon of American tanks and personally led them in an attack and capture of the battery. From the moment of landing until the cessation of hostile resistance, Colonel Wilbur's conduct was voluntary and exemplary in its coolness and daring.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 2 (January 13, 1943)

Action Date: 8-Nov-42

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Division: Western Task Force

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William Hale Wilbur's Timeline

September 24, 1888
Palmer, Massachusetts, USA
December 27, 1979
Age 91
West Point, Orange, New York, USA