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Charles Andrew MacGillivary

 

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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.

Arlington National Cemetery
  48-568 

BORN:  January 17, 1917 at Charlottetown, Canada

Entered Service in the US Army from Boston, MA

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on January 01, 1945 at Woelfling, France

DIED:  June 24, 2000 at the age of 83

Sergeant MacGillivary led a squad when his unit moved forward in darkness to meet the threat of a breakthrough by elements of a German Panzer Division. He discovered hostile troops digging in and as he reported this information, several machineguns opened fire, stopping the American advance. Knowing the position of the enemy, he volunteered to knock out one of the guns while another company closed in to assault remaining strong points. He circled through woods and snow, carefully worked his way to the emplacement and shot the two camouflaged gunners at a range of three feet. In the afternoon he was dispatched on reconnaissance and found one company opposed by six machineguns reinforcing a company of fanatically fighting Germans. His unit began an attack but was pinned down. Sergeant MacGillivary voluntarily embarked on a lone combat patrol. He stalked the enemy, reached a hostile machinegun and blasted its crew with a grenade. He pressed on within ten yards of another machinegun, jumped into the midst of the enemy and killed them with several bursts. He moved on to still another machinegun until close enough to toss a grenade into the emplacement and kill this crew also, but was himself seriously wounded.

 

 

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