|Ira Clinton Welborn|
Ira Clinton Welborn
|Born||February 13, 1874|
|Died||July 13, 1956(aged 82)|
|Place of birth||Mico, Mississippi|
|Place of death||Gulfport, Mississippi|
|Place of burial||
Biloxi National Cemetery,|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1898 – 1932|
|Commands held||Tank Corps, National Army|
Spanish-American War |
World War I
Medal of Honor |
Distinguished Service Medal
Early life and Spanish-American WarEdit
Ira C. Welborn was born in Mico, Mississippi. He graduated from the United States Military Academy as a member of the class of 1898. Just a few weeks after his graduation from the Academy he was assigned as a 2nd Lieutenant to the 9th Infantry Regiment, to serve in the Spanish-American War. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of San Juan Hill, near Santiago, Cuba, on July 2, 1898, which he received on June 21, 1899.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, 9th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Santiago, Cuba, 2 July 1898. Entered service at: Mico, Miss. Birth: Mico, Miss. Date of issue: 21 June 1899.
Voluntarily left shelter and went, under fire, to the aid of a private of his company who was wounded.
Welborn served in three other conflicts: the Philippine-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, and World War I, eventually rising to the rank of Colonel. He served as a Tactical Officer at West Point, 1904 –1906. After the tank was introduced to the battlefield in World War I, Ira Welborn was detailed to be the first head of the fledgling United States Army Tank Service, for which he received the Distinguished Service Medal. He retired from service in 1932.
Ira Wellborn died in Gulfport, Mississippi on 13 July 1956. His son, John C. Welborn, also attended West Point, rose to the rank of Colonel, and commanded the United States Army's 33rd Armored Regiment during World War II.
- This article incorporates from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Medal of Honor recipients: War with Spain". United States Army Center of Military History. http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/warspain.html. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- ↑ "Ira Clinton Welborn". Military Times Hall of Valor. http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=1396. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- ↑ Linnerud, Susan. "The Spanish War Class". United States Military Academy Library. http://usmalibrary2.usma.edu/1898/Thumbnails/class1898%20bios.html#Wellborn. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Ira Clinton Welborn". Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7025006. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- ↑ http://www.knox.army.mil/center/ocoa/armormag/backissues/1990s/1994/nd94/6welborn94.pdf
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 "Class of 1898 Bios". USMA Library. http://usmalibrary2.usma.edu/1898/Thumbnails/class1898%20bios.html#Wellborn. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
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