Dary, Bryon Alfred, PhM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
PhM-0000-Pharmacist Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Pharmacist's Mate
Primary Unit
1944-1945, PhM-0000, USS Sanborn APA-193
Service Years
1943 - 1945
PhM-Pharmacist's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Allens Grove, WI
Last Address
Allens Grove, WI

Casualty Date
Feb 19, 1945
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
World War II
Location of Interment
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific - Honolulu, Hawaii
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US 6th Naval Beach BattalionUS Navy
  1944-1944, PhM-0000, US 6th Naval Beach Battalion
  1944-1945, PhM-0000, USS Sanborn APA-193
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Luzon Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
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  May 02, 1943, Service Date and Service Number
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Last Known Activity
Less than a year after surviving "bloody Omaha," on "D-DAY at France, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Bryon Alfred Dary, who won a Silver Star on Omaha Beach, was killed on Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, February 1945, and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. He was buried there and was moved from Iwo Jima 4th Marine Division Cemetery to Hawaii in June 16, 1949

He did not serve with the Marines in any of these engagements

Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Bryon Alfred Dary (03062778), Pharmacist's Mate Third Class, U.S. Navy (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous devotion to duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman aboard the U.S.S. SANBORN(APA-193), in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Volcano Islands, on 19 February 1945. By his courage and efforts in behalf of others at great risk to his own life, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary undoubtedly saved many lives, and his steadfast devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Byron Alfred Dary (NSN: 3062778), United States Naval Reserve, for gallantry in action while attached to Platoon AL of the 6th Naval Beach Battalion at the time of the Normandy landings. The Operations Plan called for the landing of this Battalion on Fox Green Beach, Omaha Sector, Normandy France, on "D-Day", 6 June 1944. Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary and Lieutenant, Junior Grade, F. Ramsey, (MC), USNR, Medical Officer of Platoon AL, upon arrival on Dog White Beach, voluntarily turned to immediately assisting with first aid treatment of the wounded then on Dog White Beach. Not long after their arrival, while engaged in administering first aid to a wounded soldier lying in the vicinity of a burning half-track, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ramsey was himself seriously wounded by flying fragment of metal when the vehicle exploded. The soldier to whom Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Ramsey was giving aid was killed outright by this same explosion. Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary, who was in a position to observe this tragedy, without regard to his own safety, went immediately to the aid of his officer, administered first aid on the spot, dragged the officer to a nearby hole for safety, and arranged for the officer's evacuation. After seeing that all help possible had been rendered his doctor, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary left the fox hole several times to render first aid to various other wounded men in his vicinity. Not long after the episode related above, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary was informed that an Army Colonel was lying wounded on the shore side of a nearby stone retaining wall. The only access to the stricken Colonel was through an opening in the wall which was covered by German machine gun and sniper fire. Fully aware that this situation existed and realizing fully the hazards involved, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary made three separate trips through this opening to administer first aid to the Colonel. While the Colonel died shortly after, Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary gave all aid possible to the dying man under the circumstances. It should be reiterated that all these activities, covering several hours, were undertaken by Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Dary without orders and wholly upon his own initiative.
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