PACIFIC: Harry W. Nyegaard KIA on Tinian Islands

Harry W. Nyegaard, Awarded Silver Star

(Sept. 14, 1944) – Marine Pfc. Harry Nyegaard, 19, of Main Street, was reported killed June 19 on the Tinian Islands, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Nyegaard, were told in September.

Nyegaard enlisted in December 1942, and went overseas with a field communications unit. He was a veteran of Saipan, Kwajalein, Namur and Roi, all in the South Pacific.

(Oct. 18, 1945) – Pfc. Harry Nyegaard was killed in Saipan on June 19, 1944, while laying a communications wire between a battalion command post and a company in the field. Navy Secretary James Forrestal personally signed the citation for Nyegaard’s Silver Star.

Nyegaard had already received a Purple Heart and a copy of the Presidential Unit Citation in which the commanding general of the Fourth Marine Division gave recognition to the young Marine.

Nyegaard graduated Belleville High School in 1942, and enlisted at age 17. His brother, Vincent, a Motor Machinist’s Mate 3/c, serving aboard an LSM from Luzon to Japan, visited his brother’s grave in Manila a month ago.

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