RAIDERS Gay, Roy Morris

SOG Chronicles: Volume One
By John Stryker Meyer

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Gay
  • FORENAME
Roy Morris
  • UNIT
1 Raider Bn (Company D)
  • RANK
Sergeant
  • NUMBER
261502
  • AWARD
Navy Cross
  • PLACE
Guadalcanal 1942
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 14.12.1917, Lakeland, Florida
wife Eva (nee Lewis) Gay (1919-1991)
resided Fitzgerald, Georgia
died 25.06.1997, Aged 79, Fresno, Fresno County, California, USA
buried San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Merced County, California, USA
 

CITATION:

Navy Cross : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Roy M. Gay (MCSN: 261502), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty as while serving with Company D, FIRST Marine Raider Battalion, during the enemy Japanese attack on Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on the night of 13 and 14 September 1942. While the defensive positions were under heavy attack by strong forces of the enemy, Sergeant Gay, assisted by one other, installed the vital telephone line from the command post to the forward observation post of the Battalion Commander. Although completely exposed to heavy enemy mortar, machine gun and rifle fire, he finished the line and closed the gap in communications, enabling the Battalion Commander to maintain contact with the defending forces. His outstanding courage, skill, and fearless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/7578

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/689065/roy-morris-gay
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