Edward E. Gyatt
|Edward Earl Gyatt|
September 4, 1921|
Syracuse, New York
|Died||August 7, 1942
Tulagi, in the Solomon Islands
|Place of burial||Woodlawn National Cemetery Elmira, New York|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1942|
|Unit||1st Marine Raider Battalion|
|Battles/wars||World War II
*Battle of Tulagi
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.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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