Ira Clinton Welborn

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Ira Clinton Welborn
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Ira Clinton Welborn
Born (1874-02-13)February 13, 1874
Mico, Mississippi
Died July 13, 1956(1956-07-13) (aged 82)
Gulfport, Mississippi
Place of burial Biloxi National Cemetery,
Biloxi, Mississippi
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1898–1932
Rank Colonel
Commands held Tank Corps, National Army
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Philippine–American War
Boxer Rebellion
World War I
Awards Medal of Honor
Distinguished Service Medal

Ira Clinton Welborn (February 13, 1874 – July 13, 1956) was a United States Army Colonel who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor in action on July 2, 1898 at Santiago, Cuba.[1][2]

Early life and Spanish–American War[edit]

Ira C. Welborn was born in Mico, Mississippi. He graduated from the United States Military Academy as a member of the class of 1898.[3] Just a few weeks after his graduation from the Academy he was assigned as a 2nd Lieutenant to the 9th Infantry Regiment, to serve in the Spanish–American War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of San Juan Hill, near Santiago, Cuba, on July 2, 1898, which he received on June 21, 1899.[4]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, 9th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Santiago, Cuba, 2 July 1898. Entered service at: Mico, Miss. Birth: Mico, Miss. Date of issue: 21 June 1899.[1]


Voluntarily left shelter and went, under fire, to the aid of a private of his company who was wounded.

Later career[edit]

Welborn served in three other conflicts: the Philippine–American War, the Boxer Rebellion, and World War I, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel.[4] He served as a Tactical Officer at West Point, 1904–1906. After the tank was introduced to the battlefield in World War I, Ira Welborn was detailed to be the first head of the fledgling United States Army Tank Service,[5] for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal. He retired from service in 1932.[6]

He was a member of the Society of the Army of Santiago de Cuba and the Military Order of the Dragon.

Personal life[edit]

Ira Wellborn died in Gulfport, Mississippi on 13 July 1956.[6] His son, John C. Welborn, also attended West Point, rose to the rank of Colonel, and commanded the United States Army's 33rd Armored Regiment during World War II.[4]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ a b "Medal of Honor recipients: War with Spain". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Ira Clinton Welborn". Military Times Hall of Valor. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  3. ^ Linnerud, Susan. "The Spanish War Class". United States Military Academy Library. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ira Clinton Welborn". Find A Grave. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Class of 1898 Bios". USMA Library. Retrieved 2009-04-12. 

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