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Oscar F. Miller

 

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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.

Buried at A.B.M.C. Meuse-Argonne
  F-10-36 

Born:  at Franklin County, AR

Entered Service in the US Army from Los Angeles, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism September 28, 1918 at Gesnes, France

Died:  September 30, 1918

Major Miller earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Gesnes, France. After two days of intense physical and mental strain, during which he had led his battalion in the front line of the advance through the forest of Argonne, the enemy was met in a prepared position south of Gesnes. Though almost exhausted, Major Miller energetically reorganized his battalion and ordered an attack. Upon reaching open ground the advancing line began to waver in the face of machinegun fire from the front and flanks and direct artillery fire. Personally leading his command forward between his front-line companies, Major Miller inspired his men by his personal courage, and they again pressed on toward the hostile position. As he led the renewed attack he was shot in the right leg, but he staggered forward at the head of his command. Soon afterwards he was again shot in the right arm, but he continued the charge, personally cheering his troops on through the heavy machinegun fire. Just before the objective was reached he received a wound in the abdomen, which forced him to the ground, but he continued to urge his men on, telling them to push on to the next ridge and leave him where he lay. He died from his wounds a few days later.

 

 

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