Daniel R. Edwards
|Daniel R. Edwards|
April 9, 1897|
|Died||October 21, 1967(aged 70)|
|Place of burial||Cunningham Cemetery, Royal, Arkansas|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||Company C, 3d Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Division|
|Battles/wars||World War I
World War II
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Cross
Edwards was born April 9, 1897 in Moorville, Texas and graduated from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He enlisted in the United States Army in April 1917, on the day the United States entered World War I. He was sent to France as a member of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division, where he performed the actions that won him the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross.
He married and lived in the Bronx after the war, where he was a member of the Come-Back Club, an organization for disabled and returning veterans. He also worked for Warren G. Harding's presidential election campaign, and later served in World War II.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 3d Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Division. Place and date: Near Soissons, France, 18 July 1918. Entered service at: Bruceville, Tex. Born: 9 April 1897, Moorville, Tex. G.O. No.: 14, W.D., 1923.
Reporting for duty from hospital where he had been for several weeks under treatment for numerous and serious wounds and although suffering intense pain from a shattered arm, he crawled alone into an enemy trench for the purpose of capturing or killing enemy soldiers known to be concealed therein. He killed 4 of the men and took the remaining 4 men prisoners; while conducting them to the rear one of the enemy was killed by a high explosive enemy shell which also completely shattered 1 of Pfc. Edwards' legs, causing him to be immediately evacuated to the hospital. The bravery of Pfc. Edwards, now a tradition in his battalion because of his previous gallant acts, again caused the morale of his comrades to be raised to high pitch.
- "First Over There: America's First Battle of World War I" Thomas Dunne Books (May 2015)(along with Samuel I. Parker, Edwards is considered one of the two most decorated US infantrymen by American awards; Samuel Woodfill has more counting French awards)
- "Fifteen War Heroes Get Medals Here; D.R. Edwards to Receive Congressional Honor and Distinguished Service Cross", The New York Times. April 6, 1923. Page 8. Retrieved March 14, 2011.
- "Daniel R. Edwards". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-07-19.
- "Medal of Honor recipients". World War I. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-19.