RAIDERS Gyatt, Edward Earl

Craig Robertson

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  • SURNAME
Gyatt
  • FORENAME
Edward Earl
  • UNIT
1st Raider Battalion (Company A)
  • RANK
Private
  • NUMBER
354241
  • DATE OF DEATH
7th August 1942
  • AGE
20
  • GRAVESITE
Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, New York, USA. Section C, Site 3296
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 04.09.1921, Syracuse, New York, USA
28.01.1942 enlisted Syracuse, New York
Next of kin - Mother, Mrs. Hilda Morrell, 10 Steuben Street, Syracuse, New York
KIA Tulagi, Solomon Islands
Note: headstone shows dod as 02.08.1942
posthumous Silver Star
 

DATE OF DEATH:

07-Aug-1942

AWARD:

https://www.specialforcesroh.com/index.php?threads/58343/

CITATION:

Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Edward E. Gyatt (MCSN: 354241), United States Marine Corps, for gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion, during the seizure of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, from enemy Japanese forces, on the night of 7 - 8 August 1942. Assigned to duty in a listening post to the right flank and forward of his company's position, Private Gyatt reported the approach of a hostile counterattack to his platoon commander and then, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, remained at his post, inflicting a heavy toll upon infiltrating Japanese until he was killed by an enemy hand grenade. By his skill, courage, and indomitable fighting spirit, he contributed to the eventual repulse of the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

WEB LINKS:

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/36635

FINDAGRAVE:

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2510644/edward-e-gyatt
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