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

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR GUY ALBERT BYRD
POSTED ON 2.9.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Guy is buried at Ft Benning Post Cemetery, Fort Benning, Muscogee County,GA. DSC PH
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POSTED ON 4.4.2010
POSTED BY: CLAY MARSTON

IN REMEMBRANCE OF THIS POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS



SERGEANT FIRST CLASS



GUY ALBERT BYRD





who served with





COMPANY C



2nd BATTALION



7th CAVALRY



" GARRYOWEN "



1st CAVALRY DIVISION



" FIRST TEAM "





was posthumously awarded the





DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS



PURPLE HEART



NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL



VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL



REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM CAMPAIGN SERVICE MEDAL





and was entitled to wear the





COMBAT INFANTRY MAN BADGE











THE PROUD YOUNG VALOR THAT ROSE ABOVE THE MORTAL AND THEN, AT LAST, WAS MORTAL AFTER ALL











YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN



NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE









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CITATION FOR POSTHUMOUS AWARD OF THE



DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS





The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross ( Posthumously ) to Guy Albert Byrd, Sergeant First Class, U.S. 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 Byrd 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 the 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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R E M E M B R A N C E






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POSTED ON 9.16.2008
POSTED BY: Steve Cox, 1stLt, USMC, RVN 1969

Honor

I did not know Guy but have recently met his neice. There is no greater honor than to give your life so that others may live. Such a man was Sgt First Class Guy Byrd. It is because of men like him that we enjoy the freedom we have today. God bless you and keep you.
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POSTED ON 10.11.2003
POSTED BY: Chris Spencer

NATIVE AMERICAN PRAYER

It is said a man hasn't died as long as he is remembered. This prayer is a way for families, friends and fellow veterans to remember our fallen brothers and sisters. Do not stand at my grave and weep I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle autumn rain. When you awaken in the morning hush, I am the swift, uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the stars that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die.
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