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Michael Joseph Novosel



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 3, 1922 at Etna, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Kenner, LA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on October 2, 1969 at Kien Tuong, Province, Vietnam 

DIED:  April 2, 2006 at the age of 83

As commander of a medical evacuation helicopter, Chief Warrant Officer Novosel unhesitatingly maneuvered his helicopter into a heavily fortified and defended enemy training area where a group of wounded Vietnamese soldiers were pinned down. Flying without gunship or other cover and exposed to intense machinegun fire, he was able to locate and rescue a wounded soldier. Since communications with the beleaguered troops had been lost, he repeatedly circled the battle area, flying at low level under continuous heavy. They recognized this as a signal to assemble for evacuation. On six occasions he and his crew were forced out of the battle area by the intense enemy fire, only to circle and return from another direction to land and extract additional troops. Near the end of the mission, a wounded soldier was spotted close to an enemy bunker. Fully realizing that he would attract a hail of enemy fire, he attempted extraction by hovering backward. As the man was pulled on aboard, enemy automatic weapons opened fire at close range, damaged the aircraft and wounded Novosel. In all, 15 extremely hazardous extractions were performed in order to remove wounded personnel. As a direct result of his selfless conduct, the lives of 29 soldiers were saved.



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