Everett Frederick Larson
, born 3 September 1920
in Stamford, Connecticut
, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve
on 13 January 1942
. Serving on Guadalcanal
, Private First Class Larson was killed in action 8 October
1942, while attempting to swim the Matankiau River
under heavy enemy fire to rescue a wounded comrade. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star
for this selfless courage, and shared in the Presidential Unit Citation
awarded the 1st Marine Division
for its actions on Guadalcanal.
In 1945, the destroyer USS Everett F. Larson
(DD-830) was named in his honor.
The name "Everett F. Larson" had been assigned to DE-554 in 1943, but that ship was canceled in 1944.