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George Dalton Libby

 

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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,
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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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  34-1317 

BORN:  December 04, 1919 at Bridgton, ME

Entered Service in the US Army from Waterbury, CT

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on July 20, 1950 at Taejon, Korea

DIED:  July 20, 1950 at the age of 30

While breaking through an enemy encirclement, the vehicle in which Sergeant Libby was riding approached an enemy roadblock and encountered devastating fire which disabled the truck, killing or wounding all the passengers except Sergeant Libby. Taking cover in a ditch he engaged the enemy and, despite the heavy fire, crossed the road twice to administer aid to his wounded comrades. He then hailed a passing M-5 artillery tractor and helped the wounded aboard. The enemy directed intense small-arms fire at the driver, and Sergeant Libby, realizing that no one else could operate the vehicle, placed himself between the driver and the enemy thereby shielding him while he returned the fire. During this action he received several wounds in the arms and body. Continuing through the town the tractor made frequent stops and Sergeant Libby helped more wounded aboard. Refusing first aid, he continued to shield the driver and return the fire of the enemy when another roadblock was encountered. Sergeant Libby received additional wounds but held his position until he lost consciousness. Sergeant Libby's sustained, heroic actions enabled his comrades to reach friendly lines.

 

 

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