William Edward Birkhimer
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Born: March 1, 1848(1848-03-01)
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Died: June 10, 1914 (aged 66)
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Allegiance: United States of America
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Branch: United States Army
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Rank: Brigadier General
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Unit: 3rd U.S. Artillery
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Battles: American Civil War
Moro Rebellion, Philippine American War
Awards: Medal of Honor
Relations: Williston B. Palmer, Charles D. Palmer (grandsons)
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William Edward Birkhimer (March 1, 1848 Somerset, Ohio–June 10, 1914) was an United States Army Brigadier General and lawyer awarded the Medal of Honor while a Captain during the Philippine-American War. His career was long and varied, as he started as an Iowa private in the Union Army during the Civil War.

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Birkhimer is the grandfather of Williston Birkhimer Palmer and Charles Day Palmer, brothers who became four star generals.

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Rank and Organization: Captain, 3d U.S. Artillery. Place and Date: At San Miguel de Mayumo, Luzon, Philippine Islands, May 13, 1899. Entered Service At: Iowa. Birth: Somerset, Ohio. Date of Issue: July 15, 1902.


With 12 men charged and routed 300 of the enemy.

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