Dairwood Pyles, World War II veteran

May 22, 2024
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Dairwood Pyles (1925-1977) was a US Army PFC in Co. E, 2nd Battalion, 121 Reg. 8th Infantry Div. from 1943-1945. He earned the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. He landed on Normandy Beach on July 13, 1944, as part of the D Day relief troops. He was wounded Sept. 15, 1944, at the Battle of Brest, Crozon Peninsula, France. He received an honorable discharge on May 14, 1945, He was a disabled veteran who died at age 52 in part from long-term health issues from war wounds.

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