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James Montross Burt



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.

Sinking Spring Cemetery

Born:  July 18, 1917 at Hinsdale, MA

Entered Service in the US Army from Lee, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II for heroism October 13, 1944, at Wurselen, Germany

Died:  February 15, 2005 at the age of 88

Captain Burt's unit participated in an infantry-tank attack to isolate a German garrison which was tenaciously defending the city of Aachen. When infantrymen ran into murderous small-arms and mortar fire, he dismounted from his tank 200 yards to the rear and moved forward on foot beyond the infantry positions, where he calmly motioned his tanks into good firing positions. He climbed aboard his tank and directed the action from the rear deck, exposed to hostile volleys which finally wounded him painfully in the face and neck. He maintained his dangerous post despite pointblank self-propelled gunfire until friendly artillery knocked out these enemy weapons, and then proceeded to the advanced infantry scouts' positions to deploy his tanks for the defense of the gains which had been made. The next day, when the enemy counterattacked, he left cover and went 75 yards through heavy fire to assist the infantry battalion commander who was seriously wounded. For the next eight days, through rainy, miserable weather and under constant, heavy shelling, Captain Burt held the combined forces together. On October 15 he took his tank 300 yards into the enemy lines where he dismounted and remained for one hour giving accurate data to friendly gunners.



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