Wilbur, William Hale

Date of birth:
September 24th, 1888 (Palmer/Massachussets, United States)
Date of death:
December 27th, 1979 (Fort Myers/Florida, United States)
Buried on:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
Plot: VII. Row: C. Grave: 148.
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
Western Task Force, U.S. Army
Awarded on:
January 13th, 1943
Awarded for:
Operation Torch
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. Col. 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, Col. 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, Col. Wilbur's conduct was voluntary and exemplary in its coolness and daring."
Medal of Honor - Army (MoH)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier General
Unit:
36th Infantry Division "Arrowhead", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1944
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
"Brigadier General William Hale Wilbur, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy while serving as Deputy Commanding General of the 36th Infantry Division during World War II."
Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier General
Unit:
36th Infantry Division "Arrowhead", U.S. Army
"Brigadier General William Hale Wilbur, United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Deputy Commanding General of the 36th Infantry Division from 1943 to 1942."
Legion of Merit - US Military
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Brigadier General
Unit:
36th Infantry Division "Arrowhead", U.S. Army
"Brigadier General William Hale Wilbur, United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Deputy Commanding General of the 36th Infantry Division from 1943 to 1942."
Second LoM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Legion of Merit - US Military

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