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 Edward Earl Gyatt

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Edward Earl Gyatt

Birth
Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York, USA
Death
2 Aug 1942 (aged 20)
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands
Burial
Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Plot
SECTION C SITE 3296
Memorial ID
2510644 View Source

World War II Veteran
Private
United States Marine Corps
Killed in Action


Edward Gyatt was born in Syracuse, New York, He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 28 January 1942. Private Gyatt was killed in action while serving with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion during the Battle of Tulagi, part of the initial landings of the Guadalcanal campaign, America's first offensive effort in the Pacific during World War II. Part of the invasion force that went ashore on Tulagi on 7 August 1942, Private Gyatt reported the approach of a Japanese counterattack force on his advanced position that night. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he remained at his post and inflicted heavy damage on the enemy until he was killed by a hand grenade. For his gallantry and courage on Tulagi, Private Gyatt was awarded the Silver Star posthumously. The United States Navy destroyer escort USS Gyatt (DE-550) was named for Private Edward Gyatt, but her construction was cancalled in 1944 before she could be completed. The destroyer USS Gyatt (DD-712) was named in his honor, and was in commission from 1945 to 1969.
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Bio provided by David Baker

World War II Veteran
Private
United States Marine Corps
Killed in Action


Edward Gyatt was born in Syracuse, New York, He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 28 January 1942. Private Gyatt was killed in action while serving with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion during the Battle of Tulagi, part of the initial landings of the Guadalcanal campaign, America's first offensive effort in the Pacific during World War II. Part of the invasion force that went ashore on Tulagi on 7 August 1942, Private Gyatt reported the approach of a Japanese counterattack force on his advanced position that night. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he remained at his post and inflicted heavy damage on the enemy until he was killed by a hand grenade. For his gallantry and courage on Tulagi, Private Gyatt was awarded the Silver Star posthumously. The United States Navy destroyer escort USS Gyatt (DE-550) was named for Private Edward Gyatt, but her construction was cancalled in 1944 before she could be completed. The destroyer USS Gyatt (DD-712) was named in his honor, and was in commission from 1945 to 1969.
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Bio provided by David Baker

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