#VeteranOfTheDay Army Veteran Edwin Wilber


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Edwin Wilber. Edwin served during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952.

Edwin is a Native American from the Menominee Indians of Shawano, Wisconsin and joined the United States Army to serve his country. He was made a cavalry scout despite having no formal training and was assigned to the 8th Calvary Regiment, 1st Calvary Division.

Edwin deployed twice to Korea during 1951. He deployed in support of Operation Thunderbolt and was wounded on Jan. 25, 1951. Edwin returned to Operation Thunderbolt and was injured again. On Oct. 10, 1951 while serving as the point scout, he was hit with a fragment from a grenade. Edwin earned the Bronze Star Medal for his actions near Mago-ri, Korea and was presented the award on June 1, 1953.

Thank you for your service, Edwin!

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Paola Santiago

Paola Santiago is a graduate student at Liberty University, studying International Relations. She is originally from Naranjito, Puerto Rico and is currently a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  1. Bruce Wilber    

    I sent in this nomination. The nephew of Edwin Wilber. A member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. The whole story of his heroism was left off of this nomination I made. Near Mago-ri So. Korea He was involved in an attack on an enemy held hill. His unit was subjected to intense small arms, automatic weapons, machine gun, grenade, mortar and artillery fire.. Pvt. Wilber, assistant squad leader was advancing up the rugged slopes of the objective. When the rest of his squad was immobilized by enemy fire Wilber, exhibiting exceptional courage, moved out to to silence the hostile emplacement that was obstructing the advance. Crawling to to within grenade range of the enemy bunker he silenced it with two accurately thrown grenades. Then working his way through a trench he entered a second hostile position and killed its occupants with a Chinese automatic weapon. For this he was awarded the Bronze Star.

  2. pengfei li    

    in china, veteran affair is not perfect, many of them return with limited refund and social support., but they accept and go back. they are heroes unknown.

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