George W. G. Boyce, Jr.

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George W. G. Boyce, Jr.
Born New York City, New York
Died July 23, 1944(1944-07-23)
near Afua, New Guinea
Place of burial Manila American Cemetery, Manila, the Philippines
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team
Battles/wars World War II
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

George W. G. Boyce, Jr. (died July 23, 1944) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.


Boyce joined the Army from the Town of Cornwall, New York, and by July 23, 1944 was serving as a second lieutenant in the 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team. On that day, near Afua, New Guinea, he smothered the blast of an enemy-thrown hand grenade with his own body, sacrificing himself to protect those around him. For this action, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor nine months later, on April 7, 1945.

Boyce was buried at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, the Philippines.

Medal of Honor citation

Second Lieutenant Boyce's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

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, machinegun, 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.[1]

Honored in ship naming

The United States Army ship USAT Lt. George W. G. Boyce which operated in the Pacific Ocean at the end of World War II was named in his honor.

See also


  1. "Medal of Honor recipients - World War II (A-F)". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2008-02-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  • "Boyce George WG". World War II Burial Listing. American Battle Monuments Commission. Retrieved 2008-02-25.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • "George W. G. Boyce, Jr". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved September 6, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • John "J-Cat" Griffith (December 13, 2003). "George W. G. Boyce, Jr". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 6, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>