|courtesy of Des Philippet|
After entering the Army, Gerald was sent to England and assigned to Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 116th Infantry as a light truck driver. After training with the unit for the amphibious assault and coming ashore with the unit he was promoted to PFC on 13 Aug 1944. PFC Lyons was a non-battle casualty on 25 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He returned to the unit on 30 Aug 1944. PFC Lyons continued to serve until 21 Nov 1944 when he was killed in action.
PFC Lyons was buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.