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Henry Talmage Elrod



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.

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BORN:  September 27, 1905 at Rebecca, GA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Ashburn, GA

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on December 08 - 23, 1941 at Wake Island

DIED:  December 23, 1941 at the age of 36

While attached to Marine Fighting Squadron 211, during action against enemy Japanese land, surface and aerial units at Wake Island, Captain Elrod engaged vastly superior forces of enemy bombers and warships on 9 and 12 December. He shot down two of a flight of 22 hostile planes and, executing repeated bombing and strafing runs at extremely low altitude and close range, succeeded in inflicting deadly damage upon a large Japanese vessel, thereby sinking the first major warship to be destroyed by small caliber bombs delivered from a fighter-type aircraft. When his plane was disabled by hostile fire and no other ships were operative, Captain Elrod assumed command of one flank of the line set up in defiance of the enemy landing and, conducting a brilliant defense, enabled his men to hold their positions and repulse intense hostile fusillades to provide covering fire for unarmed ammunition carriers. Capturing an automatic weapon during one enemy rush in force, he gave his own firearm to one of his men and fought on vigorously against the Japanese. Responsible in a large measure for the strength of his sector's gallant resistance, on December 23, Captain Elrod led his men with bold aggressiveness until he fell, mortally wounded.



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