Mar. 5, 1898 Brooklyn Kings County (Brooklyn) New York, USA
Oct. 10, 1918 Verdun Departement de la Meuse Lorraine, France
World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during World War I as a Sergeant in Company A, 1st Engineers, 1st Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Verdun, France, on October 9, 1918. His citation reads "Volunteering with 2 other soldiers to locate machinegun nests, Sgt. Colyer advanced on the hostile positions to a point where he was half surrounded by the nests, which were in ambush. He killed the gunner of one gun with a captured German grenade and then turned this gun on the other nests silencing all of them before he returned to his platoon. He was later killed in action". His Medal was posthumously awarded to him in 1919.