GUY A BYRD
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HONORED ON PANEL 17E, LINE 102 OF THE WALL

GUY ALBERT BYRD

WALL NAME

GUY A BYRD

PANEL / LINE

17E/102

DATE OF BIRTH

09/18/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH THUAN

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/05/1967

HOME OF RECORD

ENTERPRISE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Coffee County

STATE

AL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GUY ALBERT BYRD
POSTED ON 4.5.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 4.5.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Guy Albert Byrd

Distinguished Service Cross
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Division: 1st Cavalry Division
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2792 (June 10, 1967)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class Guy Albert Byrd (ASN: RA-14615832), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Platoon Sergeant Byrd distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 5 April 1967 while leading his unit in a search and destroy mission near Song Mao. As soon as Sergeant Byrd's Company was infiltrated by helicopter, it received intense hostile fire and was unable to advance against the strongly fortified North Vietnamese positions. After the landing of a reinforcing platoon and an aerial bombardment of the enemy positions, his company began to advance on line, meeting stubborn resistance from insurgent machine gunners. Sergeant Byrd led his platoon in an aggressive assault against the numerically superior North Vietnamese force, but his men were again pinned down by intense hostile fire. At this point, Sergeant crawled to within 20 meters of a fortified position that was protecting an enemy machine gun. When he was close enough to the emplacement, he pulled the pin on a hand grenade and raised up to throw it. He was immediately hit in the chest by machine gun fire. Sergeant Byrd was unable to throw the grenade, but realized that it explosion could kill several comrades near him. Sacrificing his own life to save his fellow soldiers, he fell on top of the grenade and absorbed the force of the explosion. Platoon Sergeant Byrd's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
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POSTED ON 4.5.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

Sergeant First Class Byrd was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his exemplary courage under fire while serving with C Co, 2nd Bn, 7th Cavarly,1st Cavalry Div.
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POSTED ON 3.7.2019
POSTED BY: Anna Villarreal

Panama

My parents, Sgt Frank Gomez and my mother Dora used to socialize with Sgt Bird and his wife Lila.

I know I have a picture of them all together somewhere in all the photos.
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POSTED ON 1.8.2019
POSTED BY: Greg Hawkins

I will always remember your name.

I visited the wall with my dad and sister and brothers in the early 1980's. I was about 20 years old. For some reason unbeknownst to me the name GUY A BYRD jumped of that wall and I started crying like a child. 35+ years later and I have never forgotten. I will always remember your name. GOD BLESS.
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