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George Heyliger

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George Heyliger
Born(1919-05-08)May 8, 1919
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedOctober 9, 1942(1942-10-09) (aged 23)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1942-1942
RankPrivate First Class
Unit1st Marine Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Guadalcanal campaign
AwardsNavy Cross

George Heyliger was born 8 May 1919 in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the son of George Heyliger, Sr. and Augusta Weissent.

Marine Corps career[edit]

Heyliger enlisted in the United States Marine Corps there 3 February 1942. Private First Class Heyliger was serving with the 1st Marine Division at Guadalcanal.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

On 9 October 1942, when his platoon's position was attacked by approximately 150 Japanese. The fighting swiftly changed from automatic weapons to bayonets and then hand-to-hand combat. Heyliger refused to be dislodged from his position by the enemy and, after exacting a tremendous toll on them, heroically died at his post. For his extraordinary heroism and gallantry, PFC Heyliger was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


Heyliger (DE-510) was launched 6 August 1944 by the Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Kearny, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. Augusta Foss, mother of Private First Class Heyliger; and commissioned at New York City 24 March 1945, Lt. Cmdr. Arthur F. Chase, USNR, in command.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : Frederick Cushing Cross Jr., Douglas Harold Fox, Charles E. Brannon, Maurice Joseph Manuel, Trose Emmett Donaldson, Edgar R. Bassett, Remi A. Balduck

Other articles of the topic Biography : Ger Ger, Henry L. Yelverton, Nan Phinney, Lane Patterson, Ernest Lenard Hilbert, George A. Burton, Hanif Pashteen

Other articles of the topic World War II : Stanley G. Benner, Eugene Blair, Dallas H. Cook, Rogers Blood, Francisco Mercado Jr., Malcolm Lewis Pratt, John Leon Williamson
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links[edit]

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