Edward Robert Talley
Born 8 September 1890 at Russellville, TN

117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, Company L
Medal of Honor Citation:

“Sergeant, 117th Infantry, 30th Division, U.S. Army. Near Ponchaux, France. Date of action: October 7, 1918. Entered the Army from the Tennessee National Guard.

Undeterred by seeing several comrades killed in attempting to put a hostile machinegun nest out of action, Sgt. Talley attacked the position single-handed. Armed only with a rifle, he rushed the nest in the face of intense enemy fire, killed or wounded at least 6 of the crew, and silenced the gun. When the enemy attempted to bring forward another gun and ammunition he drove them back by effective fire from his rifle.”

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  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 6 September 1890
  • Date of death: 14 December 1950
  • County: Hamblen
  • Hometown: Russellville
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: Company L, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War I
  • Awards: Medal of Honor, Silver Star
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Bent Creek Cemetery, Whitesburg, Hamblen County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar III, Top Panel
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