Virginia Heroes

Sylvester Hassell Boyd, Jr.

Yeoman, Third Class, Navy

Born: July 11, 1915
Hometown: Richmond City, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: November 14, 1943
Died In: Pacific
Awards: Purple Heart

Yeoman Third Class Boyd served aboard the USS Barton DD-599 when it was hit by two enemy torpedoes during the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.The ship quickly broke in two and sank with the loss of most of it’s crew, including Y3c Boyd. He was a 1932 graduate of Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia.

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