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Forrest Lee Woody  Vosler



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:  July 29, 1923 at Lyndonville, NY

Entered Service in the US Army Air Corps from Rochester, NY

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on December 20, 1943 at Bremen, Germany

DIED:  February 17, 1992 at the age of 68

Technical Sergeant Vosler was the radio operator-air gunner for a severely damaged B-17 over Bremen, Germany on December 20, 1943. When his aircraft was forced out of formation and repeatedly attacked by enemy fighters, Sergeant Vosler was painfully wounded. Despite his wounds, he continued a steady stream of deadly fire on the enemy fighter planes. Wounded again, with greatly impaired vision, he continued to fire while declining first aid. When the B-17 approached the coast, the pilot announced that he would ditch the aircraft in the water. Working entirely by touch and despite lapses into unconsciousness, Sergeant Vosler got the damaged radio operating and sent distress signals. When the plane ditched, he crawled to the wing to keep the wounded tail gunner from slipping off and drowning until other crew members could help them both into a dinghy.



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