Ayers, Gerald Lamson, Pvt

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521-Other duty (PFC/Private)
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1942-1943, 521, 4th Raider Bn
Service Years
1942 - 1943



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by LCpl William S Adams to remember Marine Pvt Gerald Lamson Ayers.

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Casualty Date
Jul 20, 1943
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Solomon Islands
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Location of Interment
Manila American Cemetery - Taguig City, Philippines
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section D Row 4 Grave 122

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4th Raider Bn
  1942-1943, 521, 4th Raider Bn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Gerald Lamson Ayers (475522), Private, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company Q, FOURTH Marine Raider Battalion, in the early part of the engagement at Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, Solomon Islands, on 20 July 1943. While bringing well-aimed fire to bear on strong enemy positions, Private Ayers was severely wounded and later died from these wounds. However, his critical wounds neither interfered with his fire nor his alertness and when he discovered an enemy machine gun about to open fire, he passed word back to his comrades and directed fire of his platoon upon it. Refusing evacuation until the Japanese strong point had been obliterated, Private Ayers' action saved the lives of many of the men in his company. The outstanding heroism and skill displayed by Private Ayers on this occasion reflect highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
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