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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

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b. 16/08/1857 Atlas, Michigan.  d. 30/01/1952 Governor's Island, New York.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 23/04/1882 Horseshoe Canyon, New Mexico.

 

Wilber Elliott Wilder graduated from West Point in June, 1877, when he was just short of 21 years old. He married Violet Blair Martin, of the prominent Throop-Martin family of "Willowbrook" near Auburn, New York, on April 16, 1884. They had a son, Wilber, and a daughter, Violet. In 1886, he was a key figure in negotiating the surrender of the Apache chief Geronimo. While an Army Captain, he served as acting superintendent of Yellowstone National Park from March 15, 1899 - June 22, 1899. He also served in Spanish–American War, Pancho Villa Expedition, World War I. From 1913 to 1916, he was commander of Fort Myer. At the time of his death, he was the oldest surviving graduate of the Academy.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

Assisted, under a heavy fire, to rescue a wounded comrade.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: FAIRLAWN CEMETERY, RIDGEFIELD, CONNECTICUT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wilber Elliott Wilder

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