William E. Birkhimer

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William Edward Birkhimer
William E. Birkhimer, US Army Brigadier General.jpg
William Edward Birkhimer, Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1848-03-01)March 1, 1848
Somerset, Ohio
Died June 10, 1914(1914-06-10) (aged 66)
Washington, D.C.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1864 - 1906
Rank Brigadier General
Unit 3rd U.S. Artillery
Battles/wars American Civil War
Moro Rebellion, Philippine American War
Awards Medal of Honor
Relations Williston B. Palmer, Charles D. Palmer (grandsons)

William Edward Birkhimer (March 1, 1848 – June 10, 1914) was a United States Army Brigadier General and lawyer received the Medal of Honor while a Captain during the Philippine-American War. His career was long and varied, as he started as an Iowa private in the Union Army during the Civil War.

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Birkhimer is the grandfather of Williston Birkhimer Palmer and Charles Day Palmer, brothers who became four-star generals.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and Organization: Captain, 3d U.S. Artillery. Place and Date: At San Miguel de Mayumo, Luzon, Philippine Islands, May 13, 1899. Entered Service At: Iowa. Birth: Somerset, Ohio. Date of Issue: July 15, 1902.


With 12 men charged and routed 300 of the enemy.


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