The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
TALLEY, EDWARD R.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Company L, 117th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and Date: Near Ponchaux, France, 7
October 1918. Entered Service At: Russellville, Tenn. Born: 8 September
1890, Russellville, Tenn. G. O. No.: 50, W.D., 1919.
Undeterred by seeing several comrades killed in attempting to put a hostile machinegun
nest out of action, Sgt. Talley attacked the position single-handed. Armed only with a
rifle, he rushed the nest in the face of intense enemy fire, killed or wounded at least 6
of the crew, and silenced the gun. When the enemy attempted to bring forward another gun
and ammunition he drove them back by effective fire from his rifle.