Bolyard, Hayward Ray, Pvt

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Last Rank
Private
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 745, 7th Armored Division
Service Years
1944 - 1944

Private


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1925
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kasson
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Dec 23, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Unknown, Not Reported
Location
Belgium
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Shiloh Cemetery - Kasson, West Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Honorably Discharged WW II


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World War II Fallen
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
7th Armored Division
  1944-1944, 745, 48th Armored Infantry Battalion/C Company
  1944-1944, 745, 7th Armored Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 World War II
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PRIVATE HAYWARD RAY BOLYARD SON OF DAYTON AND FREDA BOLYARD OF KASSON WEST VIRGINIA WAS FOUND DEAD IN MAY OF 1945 IN THE WOODS BEHIND A FARMER, JOSEPH MATTLEN AND BURIED IN THAT LOCATION. PVT BOLYARD WAS REPORTED MISSING BY HIS UNIT ON 23 DECEMBER 1944 NEAR POTEAU, ST. VITH BELGIUM. PVT BOLYARD WAS IDENTIFIED IN DECEMBER 1947 AND BURIED ALMOST TWO YEARS LATER IN THE SHILO CEMETERY IN KASSON.

On December 16, 1944, the Germans launched the massive attack that would come to be known as the Battle of the Bulge. On December 17, 7th Armored Division began a move 60 miles to the south to attempt to reach two surrounded regiments of the 106th Infantry Division. By the time 7AD arrived, the full nature of the German attack was clear, and there was no real hope of reaching the surrounded regiments, since very large numbers of German forces had already swept past them. 7AD took on the mission of defending the most critical road and rail junction in the entire 80-mile front of the Bulge, the town of St. Vith, Belgium.

Though the battle at Bastogne has received far more publicity, it is really the battle at St. Vith that was most responsible for the failure of the German offensive in the Battle of the Bulge. In fact, had it not been for the holding of St. Vith far beyond the German timetable for taking it, Bastogne probably would have been overwhelmed by German forces and never have been known as anything more than just another place that the Germans had taken.

The 7AD combat area stretched far to the west, as German forces swept westward to the south and north of 7AD and attached troops (mainly one regiment of 106ID, one of 28ID, and one combat command of 9AD). In fact, a map in Gen. Omar Bradley's autobiography shows the 7AD salient looking like a nearly-surrounded thumb sticking down the throat of the German offensive. Even the cooks and other support troops who were normally well out of the battle wound up as front line troops 20 and more miles west of St. Vith, as far west as Samrée and La Roche, with a critical battle also at Baraque de Fratiure -- even as the defenders of St. Vith continued to hold.

Eventually the sheer weight of German forces (on the order of 5 or 10 to 1) drove 7AD out of St. Vith on the night of 21-22 December. But 7AD fell back only grudgingly until finally withdrawn west of the Salm River and up to the area of Manhay on 23 December.

   
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