18 June 1944 — Saipan, Mariana Islands
Garland Shelby Eddington, was born 28 May 1924, in Cumberland, Marshall County, Oklahoma to James Shelby Eddington and Gladys Bain.
During WWII, he enlisted in the Naval Reserve (serial # 08487878) and was assigned as a Gunner, Seaman 2nd Class (S2C), aboard a USS Landing Craft Infantry-Guns (Hull # LCI-347) in the Southwest Pacific Theatre of Operations.
On 15 June 1944, during the approach to the beach at Saipan, his LCI came under heavy enemy mortar fire. S2C Eddington was mortally wounded by shrapnel.
Killed In Action: he died at 2130hrs on Sunday 18 June 1944, while on a LST Hospital ship, and was buried at sea.