Byars, Jerry Dan, AM1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
AMS-0000-Aviation Structural Mechanic Structures
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Structural Mechanic
Primary Unit
1965-1967, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
Service Years
1955 - 1967
AM-Aviation Structural Mechanic
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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Honey Grove, TX
Last Address
Honey Grove, TX

Casualty Date
Jul 29, 1967
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Other Accident
Tonkin Gulf
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
Location of Interment
Restland Memorial Park - Dallas, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
24E 017 / Acacia Lawn, Sp 1, Lot 6, Block B

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2016, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2016, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Duty Stations
USS Forrestal (CV-59)Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
  1965-1967, USS Forrestal (CV-59)
  1965-1967, Fighter Squadron ELEVEN (VF-11) Red Rippers
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1964-1973 Yankee Station, North Vietnam
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (67-68)/USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jul 30, 2012, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

Name of Award
Navy and Marine Corps Medal
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal (Posthumously) to Aviation Structural Mechanic First Class Jerry Dan Byars (NSN: 3525375), United States Navy, for heroism on 29 July 1967, while serving with a fighter squadron aboard U.S.S. FORRESTAL (CVA-59). Petty Officer Byars directed the evacuation of the night maintenance crew from their berthing quarters following a fire on the flight deck and numerous bomb detonations. He remained within the burning compartment aiding the escape for many of his shipmates until overcome by the fire, sacrificing his life so that others might live.

General Orders: All Hands (September 1968)
Action Date: July 29, 1967
Service: Navy
Rank: Boilerman First Class
Division: U.S.S. Forrestal (CVA-59)
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