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Capt Elwood Joseph Euart
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Birth: Jan. 28, 1914
Pawtucket
Providence County
Rhode Island, USA
Death: Oct. 26, 1942

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Captain Elwood Euart, 103rd Field Artillery,
died while rescuing some of his troops.
For his bravery Captain Euart was posthumously
awarded the Distinguished Service Cross,
the second highest medal for heroism
authorized by the United States Army.

The liner SS President Coolidge, transporting
troops into Espiritu Santo in the New
Hebrides, struck two mines entering the
harbor. The ship was beached, and an orderly
abandonment was undertaken. 5,340 men
from the ship got safely ashore, including
Captain Euart.

But when he heard that there were still
men in the infirmary who could not get out,
he returned through one of the sea doors,
successfully rescued the men but was then
unable to escape himself and went down with
the ship.
The ship capsized and slid down a coral reef,
before settling. Exerting himself to the
point of exhaustion, he had no energy
left to pull himself up a rope from the
infirmary.
Three other soldiers attempted to pull him
up against sea water spilling through the
corridors but they themselves were in danger
of drowning. With great reluctance, they
saved themselves and were given citations
for their heroic efforts to save lives.

The ship remains in place and there is a
memorial plaque for Elwood Euart on the path
leading to the wreck site. The SS President
Coolidge is one of the most popular sites for
divers in the South Seas to this day.

Elwood's parents were Elwood F.A. and
Winifred G. Euart.

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Note: Entered the service from Rhode Island.
 
Burial:
Honolulu Memorial *
Honolulu
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA
Plot: Courts of the Missing
GPS (lat/lon): 21.31342, -157.84752
*Cenotaph [?]
 
Maintained by: Tim Cook
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56129780
Capt Elwood Joseph Euart
Added by: Debbie (Tetrault) & Bruce Almeida
 
Capt Elwood Joseph Euart
Added by: Tim Cook
 
Capt Elwood Joseph Euart
Added by: Tim Cook
 
 
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The word HERO does not begin to describe this soldier. An officer who put the welfare of his men above his own safety and lost his life after rescuing them is a feat of courage and unwavering devotion to duty. RIP
- Tony B
 Added: Jun. 3, 2016
May Ye Forever RIP. Thank you for your service and selfless sacrifice.
- Rick Ervin
 Added: Mar. 15, 2014
US Army Distinguished Service Cross. We the people, thank you for your service in defense of freedom. RIP Captain Euart.
- JB BERRY
 Added: Feb. 25, 2014
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