Bayha, Harry R., Pvt

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1940-1943, 745, 36th Infantry Division
Service Years
1940 - 1943


One Service Stripe

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

Casualty Date
Sep 09, 1943
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Sicily-Rome, Italy
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
WWII Memorial National RegistryWorld War II Fallen
  1943, WWII Memorial National Registry
  1943, World War II Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment36th Infantry Division
  1940-1943, 745, 1st Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment
  1940-1943, 745, 36th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 WWII - American Theater
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Son Catherine Bayha. Killed in Action Near Salerno. Silver Star; Member of Bazooka Team, Took Out German Tank.
Silver Star

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private Harry R. Bayha, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with the 141st Infantry Regiment.

While advancing with his infantry company during the establishment of a beachhead in the vicinity of ****, on 9 September 1943, Private Bayha, a member of his platoon's bazooka team, saw an enemy tank in a position which threatened the lives of his comrades. With magnificent courage, he moved forward single-handedly against this formidable object, drawing the tanks machine gun fire but enabling him to engage it at close range with a clear field of fire.

By his alertness and skillful use of his weapon, he successfully disabled the tank and undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades. Private Bayha was fatally wounded during the encounter. His gallant actions and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

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