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Roy W. Harmon



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.

Buried at A.B.M.C. Florence

Born:  at Talala, OK

Entered Service in the US Army from Pixley, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 12, 1944 at Casaglia, Italy

Died:  July 12, 1944

Sergeant Harmon was acting squad leader when heavy fire from enemy positions stopped his company's advance and pinned down one platoon. Ordered to rescue the beleaguered platoon, he led his squad along a draw to the right of the trapped unit against three key positions. When within range, his squad fired tracer bullets in an attempt to set fire to the three haystacks which were strung out in a loose line directly to the front, 75, 150, and 250 yards away. Realizing that this was ineffective, Sergeant Harmon ordered his squad to hold their position and began a one man assault. Carrying white phosphorus grenades and a submachine gun, he crept to within 25 yards of the first position. He set the haystack afire with a grenade and when two of the enemy attempted to flee from the inferno, he killed them. Crawling toward the second he was wounded; but he continued to advance and destroyed the position. He attacked the third machinegun and about halfway to his objective, was again wounded. He struggled ahead until within 20 yards of the nest, where he raised himself to his knees to throw a grenade. He was knocked down by direct enemy fire. With a final, magnificent effort, he again arose, hurled the grenade and fell dead, riddled by bullets. His missile fired the third position, destroying it.



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