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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.

Career Dates[]

  • March 21, 1864, private, 4th Iowa volunteers
  • June 15, 1870 Commissioned second lieutenant from United States Military Academy, US Artillery Corps
  • 1873 Honor Graduate, Artillery School
  • 1874-1876 Assistant Professor of Natural & Experimental Philosophy
  • Judge Advocate 1886-1890 District of Columbia
  • 1889 L.L.D. University of Oregon
  • 1899 Associate Justice Supreme Court of the Philippines (audencial) Manila, Philippines
  • August 1, 1902 promoted to Major
  • May 20, 1905 promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
  • February 15, 1906 promoted to Brigadier General
  • February 16, 1906 retired at own request

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

Medal of Honor citation[]

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.


See also[]

  • List of Medal of Honor recipients
  • List of Philippine–American War Medal of Honor recipients