Edward R. Talley
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company L, 117th Infantry, 30th Division. For actions near Ponchaux, France.
October 07, 1918
Born in September 1890, in Russellville, TN, Talley entered service there. Sgt Talley died on December 14, 1950, and is buried at Bent Creek Cemetery in Whitesburg, TN.
Undeterred by seeing several comrades killed while attempting to put a hostile machine gun nest out of action, Sgt. Talley attacked the position single-handedly. Armed only with a rifle, he rushed the nest in the face of intense enemy fire, killed or wounded at least six 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.