Privat arkiv (Skriv fra Third Coast Guard District Public Information Office, New York):
"New York, N.Y., March 31 ... In brief ceremonies at Eastern Coast Guard Area Headquarters, Lieutenant George A. Gyland, USCG, age 50, was retired from the Coast Guard today, having completed more than 30 years of service.
For the past three-and-a-half years, he has served as a Controller in the joint Eastern Area-Third Coast Guard District Rescue Coordination Center at 80 Lafayette Street in Manhattan. In this capacity, he has been instrumental in the organization of distress missions and the dispatch of Coast Guard forces to the aid of imperiled persons and vessels.
Lt. Gyland was born on July 2nd, 1904, in Flekkefjord, Norway, and came to the United States in 1919 as a crew member of a Norwegian maritime vessel. Sailing as a merchant seaman until 1923, he enlisted in the Coast Guard in Baltimore and was assigned as a seaman aboard the Coast Guard-manned destroyer DOWNES. He subsequently served as an enlisted man on the destroyers CUNNINGHAM, WAINWRIGHT and FANNING. In 1927, he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.
During the 1930s, he participated in nearly a score of outstanding rescues at sea on the Coast Guard Cutters APACHE and CHAMPLAIN. In 1939, he was assigned his first shore duty at Third Coast Guard District Headquarters and three years later, was commissioned an Ensign.
After serving briefly in the Fifth (Norfolk) Coast Guard District during the latter part of 1942, he received his first command - the LST 67. Aboard this vessel, he participated in some of the determining naval actions of the Southwest Pacific, himself winning signal honors.
In December, 1945, Lt. Gyland returned to the United States and was picked as part of a select Coast Guard unit to serve on detached duty at the Navy's Eastern Sea Frontier Headquarters in Manhattan. A year later, he returned to Third Coast Guard District Headquarters to establish a separate but similar unit under Coast Guard jurisdiction. This unit has since grown steadily in scope and importance and today is called "Ships Plot", an integral function of the Coast Guard's unparalleled rescue organization.
In 1947, after being advanced to Lt. (j.g.), he was transferred to the First Coast Guard District, where he became Executive Officer of the Cutter SORREL, which operated between Boston and Greenland. Two years later, he was named Commanding Officer of the Cutter LEGARE, based at New Bedford, Mass. He served in that post until his assignment in New York in June of 1951. Two months later, he was promoted to full Lt.
Lt. Gyland and his wife, the former Miss Marie Angus of New London, Conn., have lived at 3 Robert Avenue in Elmont, Long Island, N.Y."
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