Rank and organization:
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Engineers, 1st Division.
Place and date:
Near Verdun, France, 9 October 1918.
Entered service at:
South Ozone, Long Island, N.Y.
20, W.D., 1919.
Citation: Volunteering with 2 other soldiers to locate machinegun nests, Sgt. Colyer advanced on the hostile positions to a point where he was half surrounded by the nests, which were in ambush. He killed the gunner of one gun with a captured German grenade and then turned this gun on the other nests silencing all of them before he returned to his platoon. He was later killed in action.