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PFC Dayton Clyde Royall

  • Birth 23 Dec 1923 Thurmond, Surry County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 15 Apr 1945 Germany
  • Burial Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands
  • Plot Plot: D Row: 4 Grave: 13
  • Memorial ID 56296126

Dayton Clyde Royall was born the son of Clarence McNeil "Mack C." Royall and Virginia Marie Isaac Royall on December 23, 1923 in Thurmond, Surry County, North Carolina. He had two surviving sisters, Reba Jane Royall Steele and Imogene Royall Bryan. Clyde was a member of Roaring Gap Baptist Church. He was color blind.

Clyde was a student at North Carolina State University in Raleigh until his military enlistment, in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on February 13, 1943.

As part of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) during World War II, which identified exceptionally intelligent soldiers, he attended the University of Dayton in Ohio. Both he and his army buddy Joseph Bowden Neely, Jr. married their brides on the same day, August 21, 1943, in Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio at the First Baptist Church. The brides (Clyde's Edith Mangum and Joe's Kathleen Bell) drove from North Carolina to Ohio to marry. Clyde was 19 years old.

With the demise of the ASTP, Clyde (ID: 34606510) was deployed to Europe, with the 405th Infantry, 102nd ("Ozark") Division, Company E, where he was killed in action near the Elbe River in Germany on Sunday, April 15, 1945 at age 21. Clyde was awarded the Purple Heart. He is buried beneath a cross at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in Margraten, Netherlands, not far from Cologne, Germany. Joe's only child Sharlotte visited Clyde's grave in 1975.

Clyde and Edith had no children, and more than six years after Clyde's death, Edith remarried, in 1951, to John "Jack" Potter, a Marine. Jack and Edith had two sons, Charles Rhodell Potter, II and John Potter, Jr.

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  • Maintained by: Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56296126
  • Sharlotte Neely Donnelly
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Dayton Clyde Royall (23 Dec 1923–15 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56296126, citing Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands ; Maintained by Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (contributor 19199118) .