Grady, George Francis

Date of birth:
April 28th, 1920 (New York City/New York, United States)
Date of death:
August 7th, 1942 (Gavutu, Solomon Islands)
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Private First Class (Lance Corporal)
Unit:
1st Parachute Battalion, 1st Marine Division "The Old Breed", U.S. Marine Corps
Awarded on:
December 4th, 1943
Action:
"For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the FIRST Parachute Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, during the assault on enemy Japanese forces at Gavutu, Solomon Islands, on 7 August 1942. Although fully aware that his weapon was not functioning, Private First Class Grady unhesitatingly rushed three of the enemy who were firing on members of his squad and engaged them in perilous hand-to-hand combat. By his tenacious determination and physical endurance, he overpowered and killed two Japanese before he himself was mortally wounded. Private First Class Grady's outstanding courage and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."
Details:
SPOT AWARD, Commander, South Pacific: Serial 1113
Navy Cross

Sources

  • - Recipients of The Navy Cross, 1916 - Present, by C. Douglas Sterner
    - Valor awards