2nd Lt. George W. G. Boyce
US Army, 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team
Born in New York, NY. Joined the U. S. Army. Assigned to the 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team (112th RCT) and served in New Guinea.
During the Battle of Driniumor River, Boyce's troops were ordered to aid another unit that was surrounded by Japanese soldiers. Attempting to assault the enemy, his own troops met intense enemy fire. While attempting to advance along a shallow depression he threw himself atop a hand grenade to smother the blast which killed him but saved his men.
Posthumous Medal of Honor Citation (July 23, 1944)
G.O. No.: 25, 7 April 1945: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty near Afua, New Guinea, on 23 July 1944. 2d Lt. Boyce's troop, having been ordered to the relief of another unit surrounded by superior enemy forces, moved out, and upon gaining contact with the enemy, the two leading platoons deployed and built up a firing line. 2d Lt. Boyce was ordered to attack with his platoon and make the main effort on the right of the troop. He launched his attack but after a short advance encountered such intense rifle, machine gun, and mortar fire that the forward movement of his platoon was temporarily halted. A shallow depression offered a route of advance and he worked his squad up this avenue of approach in order to close with the enemy. He was promptly met by a volley of hand grenades, 1 falling between himself and the men immediately following. Realizing at once that the explosion would kill or wound several of his men, he promptly threw himself upon the grenade and smothered the blast with his own body. By thus deliberately sacrificing his life to save those of his men, this officer exemplified the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces."
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