Bryant, Everett, Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Last Primary MOS
0331-Machine Gunner
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1943-Present, 0331, Missing In Action
Service Years
1942 - 1943
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Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

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State of Birth
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
Not Specified
 
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The Battle of Bairoko was a battle between American and Imperial Japanese Army and Navy forces on 20 July 1943 during the New Georgia Campaign in the Solomon Islands during the Pacific War. In the battle, U.S. Marine Raiders‚??supported by two U.S. Army infantry battalions‚??attacked a Japanese garrison guarding the port of Bairoko on the Dragons Peninsula on New Georgia. The day-long assault on well-prepared Japanese defensive positions by the Americans was unsuccessful. After calling-off the assault, the Americans withdrew to nearby Enogai. The American forces remained in the Enogai area until the end of the New Georgia Campaign. The Japanese used Bairoko to resupply and reinforce their troops who were guarding an airfield at Munda Point on New Georgia. After the U.S. and its allies successfully captured the airfield, the Japanese evacuated New Georgia and abandoned Bairoko on 24 August. American losses were 50 KIA.

   
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  Silver Star
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Everett Bryant (MCSN: 472392), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for gallantry in action while serving with Company D, 4th Raider Battalion, at Bairoko Harbor, 20 July 1943. Never concerned with his own safety when he could strike a damaging blow at the enemy, he was persistent and audacious in the operation of his machine gun, bringing exceptionally effective fire to bear on strong Japanese positions. Even when he suffered a severe abdominal wound he refused evacuation and died several hours later, still manning the weapon with which he so heroically aided his company's defense.
Action Date: July 20, 1943
   
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Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/New Georgia Group Operation
Start Year
1943
End Year
1943

Description
This operation was fought during the Pacific war on this group of islands situated in the central Solomons. US forces invaded them as part of an American offensive (CARTWHEEL) to isolate and neutralize Rabaul, the main Japanese base in their South-East Area.

On 20 June 1943 a Raider battalion (, 5(f)) landed at Segi Point on the main island, New Georgia, and during the next two weeks there were other landings by US Marines and 43rd US Division on Rendova and Vangunu islands, and on western New Georgia, to seize a Japanese airstrip at Munda point. Despite the US Navy's intervention, which resulted in the battles of Kula Gulf and Kolombangara, 4,000 reinforcements were successfully dispatched to the commander of the 10,500-strong Japanese garrison, Maj-General Sasaki Noboru. Most reinforced Munda, which became the focus of Japanese resistance, and their night infiltration tactics unnerved the inexperienced US troops. Non-battle casualties, caused by exhaustion and ‘war neuroses’, increased alarmingly, and when the commander of 14th Corps, Maj-General Oscar Griswold, arrived on 11 July he reported the division was ‘about to fold up’. The 37th US Division was brought in, Griswold replaced the worst affected units, and he then launched a corps attack on 25 July. Fierce fighting followed but by 1August the Japanese, outnumbered and outgunned, had withdrawn inland. This time US Navy destroyers prevented more reinforcements reaching them when, on the night of 6/7August, they sank three Japanese transports (battle of Vella Gulf).

Munda now became the base of Marine Corps squadrons which supported landings on Vella Lavella on 15 August. These bypassed and isolated Sasaki's garrison now gathering on Kolombangara after further US reinforcements, elements of 25th US Division, had failed to destroy them on New Georgia. On 15 September Sasaki was ordered to withdraw. In a brilliantly organized evacuation 9,400 men out of the 12,500 on Kolombangara were rescued by landing craft, and the following month those on Vella Lavella were also evacuated.

The campaign proved costly for the Americans who had 1,094 killed and 3,873 wounded with thousands more becoming non-battle casualties. Excluding the fighting on Vella Lavella, 2,483 Japanese bodies were counted. Planned as a one-division operation, the Japanese garrison's ‘skill, tenacity, and valor’—to quote the campaign's official US historian—eventually made it one where elements of four had to be used. ‘The obstinate General Sasaki,’ the same historian concludes, ‘deserved his country's gratitude for his gallant and able conduct.’
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1943
To Year
1943
 
Last Updated:
Jul 19, 2010
   
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Units Participated in Operation

4th Marine Regiment

VMGR-234

VMA-121

4th Raider Bn

1st Raider Bn

4th Raider Bn/O Company

4th Raider Bn/Q Company

4th Raider Bn/P Co

MAG-14

USS PRESIDENT JACKSON (T-AP-18)

VMGR-152

 
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  232 Also There at This Battle:
  • Bagwell, Earl Charles, PFC, (1942-1944)
  • Baldiga, Walter Edward, PFC, (1942-1943)
  • Barker, Caruth Alexander, Capt, (1942-1943)
  • Barnes, Donald Anthony, Pvt, (1942-1943)
  • Bates, Wallace Byron, PFC, (1941-1943)
  • Brennan, David Matthew, Capt, (1942-1943)
  • Burkholder, Melville Marsden, Pvt, (1942-1943)
  • Carpenter, Ralph Gilbert, PFC, (1941-1943)
  • Case, William, 1stLt, (1942-1945)
  • Cote, William R, Sgt, (1942-1946)
  • Crosland, Maurell Buck, Pvt, (1941-1943)
  • Davis, Albert Anthony, PFC, (1942-1943)
  • Dodson, Virgil Ryon, PFC, (1942-1943)
  • Elder, Ernest Alfred, PFC, (1942-1944)
  • Felts, John Thomas, 2ndLt, (1942-1943)
  • Gentry, Tolbert, BGen, (1942-1973)
  • Groft, Marlin F, Sgt, (1942-1952)
  • Hill, James, LtCol
  • Holladay, John Charlton, Sgt, (1942-1943)
  • Huff, Robert John, SSgt, (1942-1943)
  • Hughes, Opal C., MTSgt, (1942-1943)
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