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David Crowder Waybur 



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. Lorraine

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Born:  at Oakland, CA

Entered Service in the US Army from Piedmont, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 17, 1943 at Agrigento, Sicily

Died:  March 28, 1945

NOTE:  David Waybur returned to combat in Europe AFTER his Medal of Honor action and presentation, and was killed in action nearly two years after his MOH action.

First Lieutenant Waybur was commander of a reconnaissance platoon and volunteered to lead a three-vehicle patrol into enemy-held territory to locate an isolated Ranger unit. Proceeding under cover of darkness, over roads known to be heavily mined, and strongly defended by road blocks and machinegun positions, the patrol's progress was halted at a bridge which had been destroyed by enemy troops and was suddenly cut off from its supporting vehicles by four enemy tanks. Although hopelessly outnumbered and out-gunned, and himself and his men completely exposed, he quickly dispersed his vehicles and ordered his gunners to open fire with their .30 and .50 caliber machineguns. Then, with ammunition exhausted, three of his men hit and himself seriously wounded, he seized his .45 caliber Thompson submachine gun and standing in the bright moonlight directly in the line of fire, alone engaged the leading tank at 30 yards and succeeded in killing the crewmembers, causing the tank to run onto the bridge and crash into the stream bed. After dispatching one of his men for aid, he rallied the rest to cover and withstood the continued fire of the tanks until the arrival of help the following morning.



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