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James Albert Graham



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:  August 25, 1940 at Wilkinsburg, PA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Prince Georges, MD

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on June 02, 1967 at Quang Tin Province, Vietnam

DIED:  June 02, 1967 at the age of 26

Captain Graham's company joined two others in an attack against an enemy occupied position with two companies assaulting and one in reserve. The leading company was proceeding across a clear paddy area 1,000 meters wide, attacking the assigned objective, when it came under fire from mortars and small arms which immediately inflicted a large number of casualties. One platoon was pinned down by intense fire from two concealed machineguns and Captain Graham led a fierce assault on one of them, forcing the enemy to abandon the first, thereby enabling evacuation of the wounded to a more secure area. Subsequently, during the afternoon's fierce fighting, Captain Graham suffered two minor wounds while personally accounting for an estimated 15 enemy killed. With the enemy position remaining invincible upon each attempt to withdraw to friendly lines, and although knowing that he had no chance of survival, he chose to remain with one man who could not be moved due to the seriousness of his wounds. The last radio transmission from Captain Graham reported that he was being assaulted by a force of 25 enemy soldiers; he died while protecting himself and the wounded man he chose not to abandon.



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