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George Francis Grady

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George Francis Grady
Born(1920-04-28)April 28, 1920
New York City
DiedAugust 7, 1942(1942-08-07) (aged 22)
Gavutu, Solomon Islands
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1938-1942
Unit1st Marine Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Guadalcanal campaign
AwardsNavy Cross

George Francis Grady served in the United States Marine Corps who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II.

Early life[edit]

George Francis Grady was born on April 28, 1920 in New York City. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on October 11, 1938.

World War II[edit]

Assigned to the 1st Marine Division, Corporal Grady was killed in action on Gavutu, Solomon Islands, August 7, 1942. Grady charged an entrenched group of eight Japanese soldiers. Firing his submachine gun he killed two before his gun jammed. Using the inoperable gun as a club he bludgeoned one enemy soldier to death. He then withdrew his knife from his sheath and killed two more enemy soldiers before himself being killed by the other three. For his courage and self-sacrifice, Grady was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


Grady (DE-445) was launched by Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newark, New Jersey, on April 2, 1944. She was sponsored by Miss Margaret Grady, sister of George Grady, and commissioned September 11, 1944, with Lieutenant Commander Francis R. King in command.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Everett F. Larson, Louis J. Carpellotti, Willard Keith, Neldon Theo French, Frank Perconte, Edward E. Gyatt, César Luis González

Other articles of the topic Biography : Donald Walters, Carl Genian, Robert L. Humphrey, Janeta Osipova, Scott Leehy, UNO A, Jaime Sabater Sr.

Other articles of the topic World War II : Albert T. Harris, Harold John Ellison, William T. Hanna, Richard Alonzo Jaccard, Eugene Blair, John Michael Bermingham, Clancy Lyall
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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