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David Bernard Champagne

 

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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.

St. Francis de Sales Cemetery

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Born:  November 13, 1932 at Waterville, ME

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Wakefield, RI

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism May 28, 1952 at Korea

Died:  May 28, 1952 at the age of 19

Advancing with his platoon in the initial assault of the company against a strongly fortified and heavily defended hill position, Corporal Champagne skillfully led his fire team through a hail of enemy machinegun, small-arms, and grenade fire, overrunning trenches and a series of almost impregnable bunker positions before reaching the crest of the hill and placing his men in defensive positions. Suffering a painful leg wound while assisting in repelling the ensuing counterattack, which was launched under cover of a murderous hail of mortar and artillery fire, he steadfastly refused evacuation and fearlessly continued to control his fire team When the enemy counterattack increased in intensity, and a hostile grenade landed in the midst of the fire team, Corporal Champagne unhesitatingly seized the deadly missile and hurled it in the direction of the approaching enemy. As the grenade left his hand, it exploded blowing off his hand and throwing him out of the trench. He was mortally wounded by enemy mortar fire while in this exposed position. Corporal Champagne, by his valiant leadership, fortitude, and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice, undoubtedly saved the lives of several of his fellow marines.

 

 

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