Hoyt C. Berry’s Silver Star citation

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL to


for service as set forth in the following


“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the First Marine Division in action against enemy Japanese forces on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, during the period from December 26 to 30, 1943. While voluntarily leading a patrol beyond our lines at night, Corporal Berry located eight enemy pillboxes and, returning with a squad of engineers, demolished the hostile emplacements. Later, displaying daring initiative, he again volunteered for a patrol to the front of our positions where, through his dauntless fighting skill, six of the enemy were killed and a group of hostile snipers routed. On a subsequent occasion when his unit of scout-snipers returned from an engagement in which his sergeant was fatally wounded, he immediately attached the men to a platoon engaged in a determined assault on enemy pillboxes and aided materially in the attack. Corporal Berry’s courageous conduct and fearless devotion to duty throughout this period were in keeping with highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

For the President,
/s/ James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy

Born: Lyerly, Ga…. Home of record: Summerville, Ga…. Wounded 20 September 1944 while serving with “I” Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division

Author: Real American Heroes

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