George Ray Tweed Writer

George Ray Tweed (July 2, 1902 – January 16, 1989) was a radioman in the United States Navy at the outbreak of World War II. A sixteen year veteran of the Navy, Tweed was the chief radioman on Guam when the Japanese invaded the island on December 10, 1941. He and five other men slipped into the Guam jungle rather than become prisoners of war. When the Japanese became aware of these men on the island, they began to hunt for them. The Japanese issued an order demanding that they surrender within a 30 day period or be beheaded when captured. None of the men surrendered and the Japanese eventually captured and executed all of them except Tweed. The Japanese also executed local Chamorro natives whom they suspected of helping the missing Americans. Tweed managed to elude the Japanese for two years and seven months, until just before the start of the Battle of Guam. On July 10, 1944, he was able to signal two destroyers involved in preparations for the impending US invasion. He was rescued by a whaleboat from the USS McCall (DD-400). For his heroism, Tweed was awarded the Legion of Merit and promoted.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 2nd, 1902
Nationality
United States of America
Date of death
January 16th, 1989 at age of 86

Military service

Force Unit Rank From To
United States Navy

Military conflicts participated

World War II

Started

September 1st, 1939

Ended

September 2nd, 1945

Wikipedia article

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, though related conflicts began earlier. It involved the vast majority of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most widespread war in history, and directly involved more than 100 million people, from more than 30 different countries. In a state of "total war", the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, erasing the distinction between civilian and military resources. Marked by mass deaths of civilians, including the Holocaust and the strategic bombing of industrial and population centres, it resulted in an estimated 50 million to 85 million fatalities. These made World War II the deadliest conflict in human history.

Written work

1.Robinson Crusoe, USN

Editions Subjects Co-authors
1934. at London
1945. at London

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