WWII, Gnry. Sqt, US Marine Corps, age 24
Wounded in action at Iwo Jima, March 1945.
Died June 18, 1945 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Oakland, California from wounds received in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
Navy Cross recipient:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant George F. Hyland (MCSN: 275640), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIFTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, on 2 March 1945.
Acting on his own initiative when a platoon was pinned down by hostile machine-gun fire and the leader wounded, Gunnery Sergeant Hyland boldly raced through enemy fire lanes to assume command of this unit. Although severely wounded twice on the previous day and seriously wounded again in the abdomen and back during this action, he courageously pressed on in the face of continuous hostile fire. Leading his platoon forward in a determined attack, he effectively directed his men in overrunning and occupying the Japanese positions before he was evacuated.
His courageous leadership, initiative and heroic devotion to duty reflect the highest credit on Gunnery Sergeant Hyland and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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