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Melvin L. Brown

 

TAPS

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.

Mahaffey Cemetery

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Born:  February 22, 1931 at Mahaffey, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Erie, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism September 04, 1950 at Kasan, Korea

Died:  September 05, 1950 at the age of 19

While his platoon was securing Hill 755 (the Walled City) in Korea, the enemy, using heavy automatic weapons and small arms, counterattacked. Taking a position on a 50-foot-high wall Private First Class Brown delivered heavy rifle fire on the enemy. His ammunition was soon expended and although wounded, he remained at his post and threw his few grenades into the attackers causing many casualties. When his supply of grenades was exhausted his comrades from nearby foxholes tossed others to him and he left his position, braving a hail of fire, to retrieve and throw them at the enemy. The attackers continued to assault his position and Private First Class Brown weaponless, drew his entrenching tool from his pack and calmly waited until they one-by-one peered over the wall, delivering each a crushing blow upon the head. Knocking 10 or 12 enemy from the wall, his daring action so inspired his platoon that they repelled the attack and held their position.

 

 

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