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2LT George William Gerow Boyce, Jr

2LT George William Gerow Boyce, Jr

Birth
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 23 Jul 1944 (aged 27–28)
West Sepik (Sandaun), Papua New Guinea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot A-4-189
Memorial ID 8177317 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Born in New York City, entered the service at Orange County, New York and served as a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team. Near Afua, New Guinea, July 23, 1944, he was ordered to relieve another unit surrounded by Japanese forces. Upon gaining contact with the enemy, he attacked but encountered such intense rifle, machinegun, and mortar fire that the forward movement of his platoon was temporarily halted. He worked his squad up to a position in order to close in with the enemy when a volley of hand grenades fell between him and the men following. Realizing that the explosion would kill or wound his men, he promptly threw himself upon the grenade deliberately sacrificing his life to save those of his men. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on April 7, 1945.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 13 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8177317
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT George William Gerow Boyce, Jr (1916–23 Jul 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8177317, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Find A Grave .