Private First Class Ernest (also Earnest) G. Byrd was assigned to the 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. At the time of his death, the 313th Regiment had just returned to the front from a peirod of rest and reorganization following heavy fighting. On the 24th of March 1945 the Regiment crossed the Rhine River following heavy artillery barrage into Germany encountering heavy opposition.

PFC Byrd was killed in action on 26 March 1945 and is interred at D,1,1, Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.

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