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George Benton Turner

 

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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
  41-589 

BORN:  June 27, 1899 at Longview, TX

Entered Service in the US Army from Los Angeles, CA

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on January 03, 1945 at Philippsbourg, France

DIED:  June 29, 1963 at the age of 64

At Philippsbourg, France, Private First Class Turner was cut off from his artillery unit by an enemy armored infantry attack. Withdrawing under the vicious onslaught, he noticed two German tanks and 75 foot soldiers advancing down the main street of the village. Seizing a rocket launcher, he advanced under intense small-arms and cannon fire and, standing in the middle of the road, fired at them, destroying one and disabling the second. From a nearby half-track he then dismounted a machinegun, placed it in the open street and fired into the enemy infantrymen, killing or wounding a great number. In the American counterattack which followed, two supporting tanks were disabled by an enemy antitank gun. Firing a light machinegun from the hip, he held off the enemy so that the crews of the disabled vehicles could extricate themselves. He ran through a hail of fire to one of the tanks which had burst into flames and attempted to rescue a man who had been unable to escape; but an explosion of the tank's ammunition frustrated his effort and wounded him painfully. Refusing to be evacuated, he remained with the infantry until the following day, and fearlessly driving a truck through heavy enemy fire to deliver wounded men to the rear aid station.

 

 

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