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Lieut George Ray Tweed

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Lieut George Ray Tweed

  • Birth 2 Jul 1902 Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, USA
  • Death 16 Jan 1989 Crescent City, Del Norte County, California, USA
  • Burial Eagle Point, Jackson County, Oregon, USA
  • Plot Section 14, Site 170
  • Memorial ID 15191232

World War II Military Figure. After the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, Japanese forces soon overran Guam Island in the Pacific. Tweed, then serving as a Navy chief radioman with several other U.S. personal slipped into the jungle rather than surrender. He became the only survivor after the others were captured and killed. He managed to elude Japanese soldiers for two years seven months, providing information to American forces that recaptured Guam Island in July 1944. His survival effort is considered one of the greatest feats in war history to date. For his contributions to the Pacific War victory, he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal, Silver Star Medal and a Presidential Citation. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant. His story was told in the best selling 1945 book, ''Robinson Crusoe USN'' and in the Universal Studios 1962 movie, ''No Man is an Island,'' starring Jeffrey Hunter as George Tweed. Cause of death, an automobile accident in Northern California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 8 Aug 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15191232
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut George Ray Tweed (2 Jul 1902–16 Jan 1989), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15191232, citing Eagle Point National Cemetery, Eagle Point, Jackson County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .