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army officer

Ira Clinton Welborn, American army officer. Awarded Congressional Medal of Honor for distinguished bravery” at Battle of Santiago; Distinguished Service Medal for especially meritorious and conspicuous service” in the organization and administration of the Tank Corps.


Welborn, Ira Clinton was born on February 13, 1874 in Laurel, Mississippi, United States. Son of James L. and Tobitha (Welch) Welborn.


Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1898. Honor graduated from Army School of the Line, 1916. Graduate General staff schedul, 1920.

Graduated from Army War College, 1921.


Commissioned Second lieutenant 9th Infantry, April 26, 1898. Promoted through grades to colonel, July 1, 1920. With expedition to Cuba, Spanish-American War, 1898.

Participated in Battle of San Juan Hill, and engagements before Santiago. Campaigned in Philippines, 1899-1900, and China Relief expedition, 1900. Served on Mexican border, 1916.

Director Tank Corps, headquarters Washington, District of Columbia, World War. Member General Staff, 1921-1923.


Clubs: Army and Navy (Washington, District of Columbia).


Married Margaret Sayles Kilbourne, of New York City, August 3, 1901. Children: James Lawrence, John Clinton.

James L. Welborn

Tobitha (Welch) Welborn

Margaret Sayles Kilbourne

James Lawrence Welborn

John Clinton Welborn