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Frederick William Mausert, III

 

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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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  12-5559 

BORN:  May 02, 1931 at Cambridge, NY

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Dresher, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on September 12, 1951 at Songnap-yong, Korea

DIED:  September 12, 1951 at the age of 20

With his company pinned down and suffering heavy casualties under enemy fire laid down by entrenched hostile strongholds on Hill 673, Sergeant Mausert left his covered position and ran through a mined and fire-swept area to bring back two critically wounded men. Refusing evacuation despite a painful head wound, he remained with his squad and, with his platoon ordered into the assault moments later, took the point position and led his men in a furious bayonet charge against a series of bunkers. Knocked to the ground when another bullet struck his helmet, he regained his feet and resumed his drive, personally silencing the machinegun and leading his men in eliminating several other emplacements. Reorganizing his unit for a renewed fight to the final objective, Sergeant Mausert left his position when the enemy's fire gained momentum and, making a target of himself, boldly advanced alone into the face of the machinegun, drawing the fire away from his men and enabling them to move into position to assault. Again severely wounded, he still refused aid and continued spearheading the assault. Leaping into the wall of fire, he destroyed another machinegun with grenades before he was mortally wounded.

 

 

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