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GM3c John Raymond Boyd

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GM3c John Raymond Boyd

Birth
New Castle County, Delaware, USA
Death
25 Sep 1943 (aged 19)
Burial
Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot
Tablets Of The Missing ~ Navy / Marines
Memorial ID
56306784 View Source

John resided at 217 East Ayre Street, Newport, Delaware prior to the war.

He served as a Gunner's Mate, Third Class aboard the U.S.S. Skill ( AM-115 ) which was an auxiliary Mine Sweeper during World War II.

The Skill was built by the American Ship Building Company, of Cleveland, Ohio and was commissioned on November 17, 1942. She was ordered to the Mediterranean Sea where she swept mines and performed other mine-warfare countermeasures along the North African coast after the initial invasion at Salerno, Italy,.

On September 25, 1943, The Skill was struck by an enemy torpedo fired by German submarine U-593 while in Salarno Bay, Italy. The Skill was blown in half and the forward section capsized and the after half caught fire and sank 10 minutes later.

Out of the Skill's 103 officers and men, none of the officers and only 31 of the men survived.

John was one of those declared "Missing In Action" on that day and his remains were not recovered.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 2441657

John was the only Delawarean on the Skill .....

The Skill was awarded one battle star for World War II service.

Son of Herbert F. Boyd and Phobe A. Ruth Boyd.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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John resided at 217 East Ayre Street, Newport, Delaware prior to the war.

He served as a Gunner's Mate, Third Class aboard the U.S.S. Skill ( AM-115 ) which was an auxiliary Mine Sweeper during World War II.

The Skill was built by the American Ship Building Company, of Cleveland, Ohio and was commissioned on November 17, 1942. She was ordered to the Mediterranean Sea where she swept mines and performed other mine-warfare countermeasures along the North African coast after the initial invasion at Salerno, Italy,.

On September 25, 1943, The Skill was struck by an enemy torpedo fired by German submarine U-593 while in Salarno Bay, Italy. The Skill was blown in half and the forward section capsized and the after half caught fire and sank 10 minutes later.

Out of the Skill's 103 officers and men, none of the officers and only 31 of the men survived.

John was one of those declared "Missing In Action" on that day and his remains were not recovered.

He was awarded a Purple Heart.

Service # 2441657

John was the only Delawarean on the Skill .....

The Skill was awarded one battle star for World War II service.

Son of Herbert F. Boyd and Phobe A. Ruth Boyd.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 56306784
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56306784/john-raymond-boyd: accessed ), memorial page for GM3c John Raymond Boyd (16 Jul 1924–25 Sep 1943), Find a Grave Memorial ID 56306784, citing Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .