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SgtMaj Billy Lee Lyday, United State Marine Corps (Ret.), 91, of Beaufort and husband of Masae Lyday, died Friday, June 1, 2018, at his residence.

Sergeant Major Lyday was a 30 year United States Marine Corps Veteran having served in W.W.II, Korea, and Viet Nam. While in the Corp his accomplishments include Bronze Star Medal; Air Medals, 16 awards; Navy Commendation Medal; Nay Achievement Medal; Purple Heart, 3 Starts; Combat Action Ribbon; Presidential Unit Citation, 2 Stars; Navy Unit Commendation, 1 star; Meritorious Unit Commendation, 2 stars; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, 2 Stars; World War II Victory Medal; Navy Occupation Service Medal; China Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal, 1 Star; Korean Service Medal; Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal, 6 Stars; United Nations Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, with Palm & Frame (MUC); Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, with Bronze Star; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Combat Aircrew Insignia; “BOEING” Rescue Citation; Republic of Vietnam Parachute Insignia; Navy & Marine Corps Parachute Insignia; Navy Scuba Diver Insignia; Rifle Expert Badge; Rifle Requal Bar, 6th Award; Pistol Expert Badge; Pistol Requal Bar, 7th Award; Is qualified as Aerial Gunner; Qualified Naval Scuba Diver & Instructor; Qualified to operate Motor Vehicles up to an including 5 tons; Qualified as a Back-Seat Pilot; Armed Forces Water Safety Instructor; Demolition Engineer School; Drill Instructor School; Non-Commissioned Officer School; Officer Basic Course; Armed Forces Projectionists School; U.S. Naval School Instructor C1 C-1 Course; Basic Airborne Course; First Sergeant School; Mountain Leadership School; Jungle Environmental Survival Training; Amphibious Training for Recon; H-2E/010-3926 Course; MCI Washington, D.C.; Test Construction, Speech for Instructors, Communist Mine Guerilla Warfare, Intro to Personnel Admin, Land Mine Warfare & Demolition, Correspondence Practices, Infantry NCO Leadership, Spelling, Personnel Reporting, Corrections, Civic Actions, Combat Intelligence, Military Functions in Civic Disorders & Disturbances, The RECON Marine, Land Navigation, The Marine NCO, Individual Protective Measures, MPFW-M202: Flame-Thrower. Sergeant Major Lyday served in World War II from November 1943 until February 1946, he served in China during WWII and again in 1947 in Shanghai; he served in Korea from August 1953 until October 1954 ; and in Vietnam from October 1967 until May 1969.

A funeral service will be held at 11 o’clock Tuesday morning, June 5, 2018, at Community Bible Church.A committal service will be held at 11 o’clock Thursday, June 7, 2018, at Beaufort National Cemetery with Marine Corps honors.

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  1. SgtMaj Charlie Ledford says:

    RIP, my Marine brother, cohort, and former neighbor.

  2. Lonnie Blocker Sr. says:

    So sorry to hear about Mr. Billy (great man).

  3. Peter Dain says:

    Sgt Major Lyday in September 1965 took this Pvt on a training run.
    I will never forget.
    It was an Honor to be in his presence.
    Semper Fi Sgt Maj.
    Peter Dain,2nd Force Recon,Sept 1965-May,65.

  4. Lt Colonel j.Michael Kelly,,,,USMC Ret says:

    The Sgt Major was a gunner on my helicopter in February 1969 manning a t50 cal Machine gun. We had just swooped in to retriev a wounded Marine following a Batalion sized assaault into heavily defended territoriy Soluth of Danang RVN . As we were waiting ofor the casualty to be pl;aced aboard I looked around behind in thre aircraft. I saw the “Master Guns” with his thumb “mashing Down” on the Smoking hot .50 Caliber machine gun blowing away all the unfriendlies on our so furiously starboard side,,, Up in the cockpit I was heartened to sea his fighting,,, fighting so furiously that I was moved greatly;;;;;he was the greatest Marine I evr met i was humbled to be in his presence Mike Kelly LtColonel Chestertown Marland jmmak66 God Rest his soul -there ought to A Billy Lee Lyday given to a career Marine in his honor

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