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Lawson Paterson Red  Ramage



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

BORN:  January 19, 1909 at Monroe Bridge, MA

Entered Service in the US Navy from Vermont

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on July 31, 1944 at Taiwan, South China Sea

DIED:  April 15, 1990 at the age of 81

Commander Ramage was C.O. of the submarine U.S.S. Parche in a predawn attack on a Japanese convoy. Boldly penetrating the screen of the heavily escorted convoy, he launched a perilous surface attack by delivering a crippling stern shot into a freighter and followed up with a series of bow and stern torpedoes to sink the leading tanker and damage the second one. Exposed by the light of bursting flares and defiant of terrific shellfire passing close overhead, he struck again, sinking a transport by two forward reloads. In the mounting fury of fire from the damaged and sinking tanker, he calmly ordered his men below, remaining on the bridge to fight it out with an enemy now disorganized and confused. Swift to act as a fast transport closed in to ram, Commander Ramage daringly swung the stern of the speeding Parche as she crossed the bow of the onrushing ship, clearing by less than 50 feet but placing his submarine in a deadly crossfire from escorts on all sides and with the transport dead ahead. Undaunted, he sent three smashing "down the throat" bow shots to stop the target, then scored a killing hit as a climax to 46 minutes of violent action with the Parche and her valiant fighting company retiring victorious and unscathed.



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