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George Price Hays

 

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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.

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BORN:  September 27, 1892 at Chee Foo, China

Entered Service in the US Army from Okarche, OK

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I For heroism on July 14 & 15, 1918 at Greves Farm, France

DIED:  September 07, 1978 at the age of 85

First Lieutenant Hays earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Greves Farm, France, during intense assaults upon his position by heavy enemy bombardment. At the very outset of the unprecedented artillery bombardment by the enemy, his line of communication was destroyed beyond repair. Despite the hazard attached to the mission of runner, he immediately set out to establish contact with the neighboring post of command and further establish liaison with two French batteries, visiting their position so frequently that he was mainly responsible for the accurate fire there from. While thus engaged, seven horses were shot under him and he was severely wounded. His activity under most severe fire was an important factor in checking the advance of the enemy.

 

 

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