|Birth: ||Jan. 19, 1890|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 26, 1945|
Edgar was the first American captured in WWI after America's declaration of War and held at Rastatt Prison in Germany. He was given "The Distinguished Service Medal" by General Pershing. He was in the 16th infantry Company "F".
His citation made public on Nov 10th 1920 from the War Department read:
Sgt Edgar Halyburton while a prisoner in the hands of the German government from Nov 3rd 1917 to Nov 1918, voluntarily took command of the different camps in which he was located and under difficult conditions, established administrative and peronsal headquarters, organize the men into units, billeted them systematically, established sanitary rulations, made equitable distribution of supplies and established an intelligence service to prevent our men from giving information to the enemy and prevented the enemy from introducing propaganda.
He authored a post war book called "Shoot and Be Damned". His photograph was also used on a Liberty loan poster to stimulate patriotism.
In 1927 he was arrested in Columbus Ohio for violating liquor laws "bootlegging" and sentenced to the Stark county workhouse. During his arrest officers searched him they discovered the letters from General Pershing and the distinguished service medal. State Prohibition Commissioner BF McDonald appealed on his behalf and he was released on Jan 21, 1928.
Son of G.B. Halyburton
George Halyburton (1856 - 1933)
Los Angeles National Cemetery
Los Angeles County
Plot: 190, 15 R
Maintained by: Steward
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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