Washington, Oct. 8—(UP)—Marine Pvt. Edward E. Gyatt, 22-year-old son of Mrs. Hilda Morell, of Syracuse, has been awarded the Silver Star Medal posthumously for bravery in action during the seizure of Tulagi from Jap forces.
Assigned to duty in a listening post, Gyatt reported the approach of a Japanese counterattack to his platoon commander. Then with disregard for his own safety, he remained at his post, inflicting a heavy toll on the enemy until he was killed by a grenade [August 7, 1942].
The official citation reads:
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with a Marine battalion during the seizure of Tulagi, Solomon Islands, from enemy Japanese forces, on the night of August 7-8, 1942.
“Assigned to duty in a listening post to the right flank and forward of his company’s position, Private Gyatt reported the approach of a hostile counterattack to his platoon commander and then, with utter disregard for his own personal safety, remained at his post, inflicting a heavy toll upon the infiltrating Japanese until he was killed by an enemy hand grenade.
“By his skill, courage, and indomitable fighting spirit, he contributed to the eventual repulse of the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the United States naval service. He gallantly gave his life in the defense of his country.”