Pfc  Tyndale Llewellyn Lloyd US Marine Corps

Pfc Tyndale Llewellyn Lloyd US Marine Corps

World War II · US Marine Reserve · Private First Class

    Pfc Tyndale L Lloyd Early Life Tyndale Llewellyn Lloyd was born on 20 May 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Llewellyn Benjamin Lloyd (b. 7 Jan 1896 d. 19 Apr 1958) and RosaLee (Stayner) Lloyd (b. 20 Nov 1896 d.22 Aug 1978). Tyndale was an only child. Llewellyn, Tyndale’s father, was a World War I Veteran, worked as a bookkeeper and later as a salesman. RosaLee was a noted poet and author. She was the recipient of many awards and her works were nationally publicized. (1) (2) (3)

    Before Serving

    Tyndale graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City and was a student at the University of Utah. He was a sports writer for the editorial department of the Salt Lake Tribune. His articles, many about the outdoors and fishing, can be found on newspapers.com. His relationship to the Tribune resulted in many articles and comments about his service by Tribune staff writers.

    Military

    Lloyd enlisted in the Marine Corps on 6 September 1942 and received his initial training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), San Diego, California. A November 16, 1942 Salt Lake Tribune comments that Lloyd “had never fired a gun before in his life. He is now an expert with both pistol and rifle, and his dad, Lew Lloyd, is so proud he’s practically delirious”. He was transferred to Camp Pendleton, CA and was assigned to the 14th Marines (Artillery Regiment), 4th Marine Division where he trained to be a forward observer with “E” Battery 2nd Battalion. Much about his tour with the 14th Marines can be followed through the history of the 14th Marines. (4) The following timeline of engagements is provided as follows: Kwajalein Atoll (including Roi-Namur) 31 January -3 February 1944, Saipan June 19-July 1944, Tinian 24 July-1 August 1944, and Iwo Jima 19 February -26 March 1945.

    The Salt Lake Tribune, February 22, 1944, reported that Lloyd was solidly entrenched with the Marine on Kwajalein Atoll. Lloyd commented “You folks probably know more about the campaign of the Atoll than I do, but the fighting is all over now and we are getting good food and can swim in the blue lagoon surrounding the island”. Before deploying and while on Yuletide leave Lloyd had little to say about where he might be going and until receiving a letter almost two months after his parents were unaware, he participated in the Kwajalein campaign. After Kwajalein the 4th Marine Division retrograded to Maui, Hawaii.

    Then onto Saipan and Tinian. The Salt Lake Tribune featured Lloyd’s report of fighting on 22 February 1944. It appears in the Gallery.

    Lloyd was wounded on Saipan and received a Purple Heart Medal. Later reports reflect that he received the Blue Star for personal Valor on Saipan. It is believed this is in error and that he received a Bronze Star Medal.

    Once again, the 4th Marine Division retrograded to Hawaii. Boarding ships in January, with the destination only known to the troops as Island “X”, the 4th Marine Division headed to Iwo Jima which was occupied by over 18,000 well dug in Japanese troops. The 14th Marines were among the forces which went ashore on D-Day, 19 February 1944. During heavy fighting on D +1 Lloyd was mortally wounded. The Battle to take Iwo Jima would continue until 26 March. The 14th Marines experienced 51 killed and 254 wounded. As significant as these numbers are, they peril in comparison to the total US casualties of nearly 7,000 killed and 20,000 wounded. Those killed on Iwo Jima were temporarily laid to rest in their respective Marine Division Cemeteries. On 22 March 1948, the bodies of 3,295 war dead returned home aboard an Army transport ship. Among the flagged draped caskets was that of Private First-Class Tyndale L Lloyd. His body was laid to rest In the Mt Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake on 7 April 1948.

    Among the tributes was that which appeared in the 6 April 1948 Salt Lake Tribune. It is copied to the Gallery. Additionally a bust of Lloyd was scultped by Alice Morrey Bailey using photographs and descriptions by Lloyd’s parents. It was called “The Golden Leatherneck”. After offering the bust to Mrs. Bailey by Lloyd’s family member, two bronze castings were made. One was presented to the Marine Corps on 31 May 1990. (5)

    Among Lloyd’s awards are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart (2), Good Conduct Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Asiatic- Pacific Campaign with 4 bronze stars, American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

    1.https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/165187/tyndale-llewellyn-lloy 2.https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/165160/llewellyn-benjamin-llo 3.https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/165173/rosalee-lloyd 4.https://www.marines.mil/portals/1/Publications/A Brief History

    5.“Fortitudine” Fall 1990 magazine