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Francis Xavier McGraw



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. Henri-Chapelle

Born:  at Philadelphia, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Camden, NJ

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism November 19, 1944 at Schevenhutte, Germany

Died:  November 19, 1944

Private First Class McGraw manned a heavy machinegun emplaced in a foxhole near Schevenhutte, Germany, when the enemy launched a fierce counterattack. Braving an intense hour-long preparatory barrage, he maintained his stand and poured deadly accurate fire into the advancing foot troops until they faltered and came to a halt. The hostile forces brought up a machinegun in an effort to dislodge him but were frustrated when he lifted his gun to an exposed position atop a log, courageously stood up in his foxhole and knocked out the enemy weapon. A rocket blasted his gun from position, but he retrieved it and continued firing. He silenced a second machinegun and then made repeated trips over fire-swept terrain to replenish his ammunition supply. Wounded painfully, he disregarded his injury and hurried back to his post, where his weapon was showered with mud when another rocket barely missed him. With enemy troops taking advantage of his predicament to press forward, he calmly cleaned his gun, put it back into action and drove off the attackers. He continued to fire until his ammunition was expended. He then picked up a carbine, killed one enemy soldier, wounded another and engaged in a desperate firefight with a third until he was mortally.



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