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First Name: George

Last Name: Boyce

Birthplace: New York City, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Cornwall, NY
Middle Name: W. G.

Date of Birth:

Date of Death: 23 July 1944

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Years Served:
George W. G. Boyce, Jr.

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


George W. G. Boyce, Jr.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
World War II

Second Lieutenant George W. G. Boyce, Jr. (died 23 July 1944) was a U.S. Army officer who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during World War II.

George W. G. Boyce, Jr. joined the Army from Cornwall, NY. On 23 July 1944, he was serving as a Second Lieutenant in the 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team. On that day near Afua, New Guinea, he covered 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.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 112th Cavalry Regimental Combat Team.

Place and date: Near Afua, New Guinea, 23 July 1944.

Citation: 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.

Medals and Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart


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.

Death and Burial

Second Lieutenant George W. G. Boyce, Jr. was killed in action on 23 July 1944. He is buried at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, the Philippines. His grave is located at A-4-189.

Honoree ID: 1303   Created by: MHOH




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