Royster, Thomas Boardway, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
1803-Assault Amphibious Vehicle (AAV) Officer
Last MOSGroup
Tank / Amphibious Tractor
Primary Unit
1942-1943, 1803, 2nd Assault Amphibian (Amtrac) Bn (2nd AAV Bn)
Service Years
1938 - 1943
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate



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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
530 N. Blount
Raleigh, NC

Casualty Date
Nov 22, 1943
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Not Specified
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Golden Dragon Shellback 2nd Division Medal

 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenAmerican Battle Monuments Commission
  1943, World War II Fallen
  2019, American Battle Monuments Commission

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 Ribbon Bar
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)Marine Barracks2nd Assault Amphibian (Amtrac) Bn  (2nd AAV Bn)
  1938-1938, 0311, Platoon Leaders Class (Cadre)
  1938-1941, 0311, Marine Barracks Quantico, VA
  1941-1941, 0301, Marine Barracks Quantico, VA
  1941-1942, 1801, Amphibian Tractor Detachment, Dunedin Marine Base
  1942-1943, 1803, 2nd Assault Amphibian (Amtrac) Bn (2nd AAV Bn)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1943-1943 Gilbert Islands Operation (1943)/Battle of Tarawa
 Colleges Attended
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  1937-1940, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Colonel Joseph H. Alexander's book, 'Utmost Savagery: the three days of Tarawa'
Betio remained a deadly island for both sides until the bitter end.  Capt. Thomas B. Royster, USMC commanding Baker Company, 2d Amphibian Tractor Battalion, had one of the few remaining operational LVTs. Learning that both 1/6 and 3/6 were short of ammunition along the south coast, Royster offered to make the delivery.  Cpl. Lambert Lane, a radio operator from Forest, Mississippi, volunteered to drive.  Other volunteers manned the machine guns.  For some reason, Royster decided not to cross the island and follow the trace of the two landing teams.  Presumably, all amtrackers by then knew of the mines along Green Beach from the explosion that destroyed one of 1/6s two LVTs the evening of D+1.  Royster look the water route, regardless, and traversed the shallows off Green Beach without incident. As the LVT rounded the southwest point and proceeded along Black Beach, however, it struck one of the horned anti-boat mines.  The tremendous explosion killed both Lane and Royster and wounded the others severely.  Lieutenant Ward, who had already witnessed the violent deaths of fellow amtrac, officers Major Drewes, Capt. Little, and Warrant Officer Benard Shealy, saw the fireball that killed Royster and Lane.  Ward and his men buried Royster in a solitary grave near the junction of Black and Green Beaches.  Ironically, the Marine Corps had just notified Royster's family of his promotion to major.  He was the brother of Vermont Royster, editor of the Wall Street Journal for two decades.
ROYSTER, Thomas B, Captain, O-006726, USMC, from North Carolina, Honolulu Memorial + ROYSTER, Thomas B, CAPT, O-006726, USMC, from North Carolina, location Gilbert Islands, date of loss November 22, 1943 + ROYSTER, Thomas Broadway, 6726, CoB, 2ndAmphTracBn, 2ndMarDiv, FMF, Gilbert Is, November 22, 1943, killed in action + ROYSTER, Thomas B., Captain, USMCR. Wife, Mrs. Thomas B. Royster, 530 N. Blount, Raleigh, NC
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