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Harold William Indian Joe  Bauer

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Remembered at A.B.M.C. Manila
  Wall of the Missing  

Born: November 20, 1908 at Woodruff, KS

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Nebraska

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 10 - November 14, 1942 at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

Died:  November 16, 1942 at the age of 33

Volunteering to pilot a fighter plane in defense of our positions on Guadalcanal, Lieutenant Colonel Bauer participated in two air battles against enemy bombers and fighters outnumbering our force more than two-to-one, boldly engaged the enemy. He destroyed 1 Japanese bomber in an engagement on September 28 and shot down four enemy fighter planes in flames on October 3, leaving a fifth smoking badly. After successfully leading 26 planes on an over-water ferry flight of more than 600 miles on October 16, Lieutenant Colonel Bauer, while circling to land, sighted a squadron of enemy planes attacking the U.S.S. McFarland. Undaunted by the formidable opposition and with valor above and beyond the call of duty, he engaged the entire squadron and, although alone and his fuel supply nearly exhausted, fought his plane so brilliantly that 4 of the Japanese planes were destroyed before he was forced down by lack of fuel.

 

 

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