RAIDERS Boyd, Jack Zemmy

OUR KIND OF WAR. Illustrated Saga of the U.S. Marine Raiders of WORLD WAR II
by R.G. Rosenquist, Martin J. Sexton & Robert A. Buerlein

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Boyd
  • FORENAME
Jack Zemmy
  • UNIT
3 Marine Raider Bn
  • RANK
Sergeant
  • NUMBER
285949
  • AWARD
Silver Star
  • PLACE
Shortland Island,Solomon Islands 1943
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 12.05.1922, Jones County, Texas
father James Boyd
mother Erna (nee Sedberry)
enlisted 1940
3 Marine Raider Bn 1943
28 Marine Regiment (G Company,3 Bn) (Platoon Sgt) 1945
awarded second Silver Star (GS) for Iwo Jima 1945
WIA 21.2.1945 Iwo Jima
postwar welder and iron worker
4 children Jack Z. Myra L. Merry K. & James D.
died 26.05.2014, Temple, Bell County, Texas, USA (Aged 91)
buried Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, USA. Section 91, Site 347
 

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Jack Z. Boyd (MCSN: 285949), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a member of a reconnaissance patrol of the Third Marine Raider Battalion, Ninth Marines, which was landed by submarine on enemy-held Shortland Islands, Solomon Islands, 23 August 1943. Voluntarily and with utter disregard of personal safety, Sergeant Boyd embarked upon an extremely dangerous mission into Japanese-occupied territory for the purpose of securing vital information with regard to terrain, hydrographic conditions, and strength and disposition of hostile forces. Undeterred by the isolation of his position and by the full knowledge that no assistance could be expected from outside sources, he nevertheless remained on the island for three days, successfully carrying out an important assignment under hazardous conditions where discovery by Japanese troops would undoubtedly have resulted in his capture or death. His courageous devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Platoon Sergeant Jack Z. Boyd (MCSN: 285949), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Platoon Sergeant of Company G, Third Battalion, Twenty-eighth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 19 and 21 February 1945. Refusing to seek cover from the intense hostile machine-gun and mortar fire on the beach, Platoon Sergeant Boyd collected his scattered platoon and led them in repeated successful attacks on the well-emplaced enemy, thereby enabling his company to reach its intended objective. Seriously wounded on 21 February, while leading well-executed attacks on four hostile pillboxes deep within the enemy positions, he crawled seventy-five yards to his platoon leader and gave a clear report of the situation before being evacuated. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/127338399/jack-zemmy-boyd
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