September 5, 1924 (Norwalk, CT) – May 21, 1945; 20 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 101 George Avenue, Norwalk
Enlisted March 3, 1943
Service number: 31326774
10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION, 86TH MOUNTAIN INFANTRY REGIMENT, COMPANY F
Awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal.
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Wounded in action in March 1945, hospitalized, and died of those wounds on May 21, 1945 at Torre Iussi, Bologna, Italy.
From The Norwalk Hour November 10, 1948
The Department of the Army announced today that the body of PFC Harold LeGrand Hyatt Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Hyatt of Newtown Avenue, has arrived in this country aboard the transport Lawrence Victory and will be released for burial shortly. PFC Hyatt died in Northern Italy May 21, 1945 as a result of wounds received several months earlier. He had been taken prisoner by the Germans, Hospitalized and later liberated by the Americans and brought back to an American base hospital in Italy. In June 1945, his father was presented with a posthumous Bronze Star Medal at U.S. Army Headquarters, Springfield, Massachusetts. The citation accompanying the medal praised the 20-year-old soldier for heroic achievement in action on March 16, 1945 near Castel d’Aino, Italy.” PFC Hyatt wounded during a night reconnaissance patrol, when the enemy opened fire from outpost positions, passed word back to his comrades of the location of the hostile emplacement, although he was unable to walk without assistance, thus enabling them to escape from the danger zone without further casualties. Remaining alone, he was thus captured by the enemy. PFC Hyatt entered the Army in March 1943 and received his training at Camp Hale, Colorado. He was sent overseas in December 1944.
PFC Hyatt was originally interred in Italy and was later repatriated here on November 23, 1948. Harold is buried in Long Island National Cemetery, East Farmingdale, Suffolk County, New York; Section J, Plot 14778