The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
WILBUR, WILLIAM H.
Rank and Organization: Colonel, U.S. Army, Western
Task Force, North Africa. Place and Date Fedala, North Africa, 8 November 1942. Entered
Service at: Palmer, Mass. Birth: Palmer, Mass. G.O. No.: 2, 13 January
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty.
Col. Wilbur prepared the plan for making contact with French commanders in Casablanca and
obtaining an armistice to prevent unnecessary bloodshed. On 8 November 1942, he landed at
Fedala with the leading assault waves where opposition had developed into a firm and
continuous defensive line across his route of advance. Commandeering a vehicle, he was
driven toward the hostile defenses under incessant fire, finally locating a French officer
who accorded him passage through the forward positions. He then proceeded in total
darkness through 16 miles of enemy-occupied country intermittently subjected to heavy
bursts of fire, and accomplished his mission by delivering his letters to appropriate
French officials in Casablanca. Returning toward his command, Col. Wilbur detected a
hostile battery firing effectively on our troops. He took charge of a platoon of American
tanks and personally led them in an attack and capture of the battery. From the moment of
landing until the cessation of hostile resistance, Col. Wilbur's conduct was voluntary and
exemplary in its coolness and daring.
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