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Arnold L. Bjorklund

 

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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.

Willamette National Cemetery
  D-3446 

Born: April 14, 1918 at Clinton, WA

Entered Service in the US Army from Seattle, WA

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism September 13, 1943 at Altavilla, Italy

Died:  November 28, 1979 at the age of 61

While leading his platoon, First Lieutenant Bjorklund moved forward on the right flank to the slope of the hill where he pinned down by a heavy concentration of machinegun and rifle fire. Ordering his men to give covering fire, with only three hand grenades, he crept forward to a German machinegun position located on a terrace along the forward slope. Approaching within a few yards, and while continuously exposed to enemy fire, he hurled one grenade into the nest, destroying it and killing 3 Germans. Discovering a second machinegun 20 yards to the right on a higher terrace, he moved under intense enemy fire to a point within a few yards and threw a second grenade into this position, destroying it and killing two more Germans. His platoon was then able to advance 150 yards further up the slope to the crest of the hill, but was again stopped by the fire from a heavy enemy mortar on the reverse slope. First Lieutenant Bjorklund located the mortar and worked his way under little cover to within 10 yards of its position and threw his third grenade, destroying the mortar, killing two of the Germans, and forcing the remaining three to flee. His actions permitted the platoon to take its objective.

 

 

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