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John Harold Leims



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:  June 08, 1921 at Chicago, IL

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Chicago, IL

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on March 07, 1945 at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands

DIED:  June 28, 1985 at the age of 64

Launching a surprise attack against the rock-imbedded fortification of a dominating Japanese hill position on Iwo Jima, Second Lieutenant Leims spurred his company forward with indomitable determination and, skillfully directing his assault platoons against the cave-emplaced enemy troops and heavily fortified pillboxes, succeeded in capturing the objective. When his assault platoons were cut off in this newly won position, approximately 400 yards forward of adjacent units, and lacked communication with the command post, he personally advanced and laid telephone lines across the expanse of open fire-swept terrain. Ordered to withdraw his command, he immediately complied, adroitly effecting the withdrawal of his troops without incident. Upon arriving at the rear, he was informed that several casualties had been left at the abandoned ridge position beyond the frontlines. Although suffering acutely from the strain and exhausting of battle, he instantly went forward despite darkness and the fury of hostile machinegun fire, located and carried to safety one seriously wounded marine and then, running the gauntlet of enemy fire for the third time that night, made his way into the bullet-riddled deathtrap and rescued another of his men.



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