Edward Allworth

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Edward Christopher Allworth
Captain Edward C. Allworth.jpg
Captain Edward C. Allworth
Born(1895-07-06)July 6, 1895
Battle Ground, Washington
DiedJune 24, 1966(1966-06-24) (aged 70)
Portland, Oregon
Place of burial
Crystal Lake Cemetery
Corvallis, Oregon
AllegianceFlag of the United States.svgUnited States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svgUnited States Army
Years of service1917 - 1922
UnitUS 5th Infantry Division.svg 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division
Battles/warsWorld War I

Edward Christopher Allworth (July 6, 1895 – June 24, 1966) was an American officer in the United States Army during World War I.

‘’’ Edward was the son of Alfred and Fanny Wickson Allworth, the grandson of George Guest and Kitty Ray Wickson the GG of James and Jane Tuesman Wickson.


Allworth was born in Battle Ground, Washington, Allworth graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1916. He enlisted at Corvallis, Oregon in 1917 and joined the 60th Infantry Regiment of the 5th Division. On November 5, 1918, mere days from the armistice, Allworth and his company crossed the Meuse River via a canal bridge near the French village of Clery-le-Petit. When shellfire destroyed the bridge and separated the company into two halves, Allworth swam across with some of his men while under fire from the enemy. Leading a subsequent charge towards the enemy lines, he forced them back one kilometre,[1] taking 100 prisoners[2] and thus capturing the bridgehead.[3]

For this action, Allworth received the Medal of Honor,in 1919. In 1925, Allworth rejoined the Oregon Agricultural College faculty as secretary of the Alumni Association, secretary of the Memorial Union Board of Governors, and manager of the Memorial Union. He published a set of memoirs titled Edward C. Allworth Papers, 1954-1963[4] before he retired in 1963. He died in Portland, Oregon on June 24, 1966.

Medal of Honor Citation[edit]

Medal of Honor Presentation Ceremony - February 9, 1919, at Chaumont, France. General John J. Pershing presided.
  • Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, 60th Infantry, 5th Division.
  • Place and date: At Clery-le-Petit, France, November 5, 1918.
  • Entered service at: Corvallis, Oregon
  • Born: July 6, 1895, Crawford, Washington
  • General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 16 ( January 22, 1919).


While his company was crossing the Meuse River and canal at a bridgehead opposite Clery-le-Petit, the bridge over the canal was destroyed by shell fire and Capt. Allworth's command became separated, part of it being on the east bank of the canal and the remainder on the west bank. Seeing his advance units making slow headway up the steep slope ahead, this officer mounted the canal bank and called for his men to follow. Plunging in he swam across the canal under fire from the enemy, followed by his men. Inspiring his men by his example of gallantry, he led them up the slope, joining his hard-pressed platoons in front. By his personal leadership he forced the enemy back for more than a kilometer, overcoming machinegun nests and capturing 100 prisoners, whose number exceeded that of the men in his command. The exceptional courage and leadership displayed by Capt. Allworth made possible the re-establishment of a bridgehead over the canal and the successful advance of other troops.

Military Awards[edit]

Original decorations of WWI Medal of Honor recipient Major Edward C. Allworth in the collection of the United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. First row: Medal of Honor; Purple Heart; World War I Victory Medal with St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector battle clasps; Army of Occupation of Germany Medal. Second row: French Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur in the degree of Knight; French Croix de guerre 1914-1918 with two bronze palms; Italian Croce al Merito di Guerra and Levi Washington State Diamond Commemorative Medal.

Allworth's military decorations and awards include:

Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st row Medal of Honor
2nd row Purple Heart World War I Victory Medal w/three bronze service stars to denote credit for the St. Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne and Defensive Sector battle clasps. Army of Occupation of Germany Medal
3rd row Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur degree of Knight (French Republic) Croix de guerre 1914–1918 w/ two bronze palms (French Republic) Croce al Merito di Guerra (Italy)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Military.com site retrieved on March 10, 2007
  2. ^ home of Heroes page retrieved on March 10, 2007
  3. ^ Military.com page retrieved on March 10, 2007
  4. ^ Oregon University site Archived 2006-09-07 at the Wayback Machine retrieved on March 10, 2007


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