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Joseph J. Cicchetti



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.

Sandy Valley Cemetery

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Born:  June 08, 1923 at Waynesburg, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from Waynesburg, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February 09, 1945 at South Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands

Died:  February 09, 1945 at the age of 21

Private First Class Ciccetti was with troops assaulting the first important line of enemy defenses. The Japanese had converted the partially destroyed Manila Gas Works and adjacent buildings into a system of supporting strongpoints from which they were concentrating machinegun, mortar, and heavy artillery fire on the American forces. Casualties rapidly mounted and the medical aid men, finding it difficult to evacuate the wounded, called for volunteer litter bearers. Private First Class Cicchetti immediately responded, organized a litter team and skillfully led it for more than four hours in rescuing 14 wounded men, constantly passing back and forth over a 400-yard route. On one return trip the path was blocked by machinegun fire, but PFC Cicchetti deliberately exposed himself to draw the automatic fire which he neutralized with his own rifle while ordering the rest of the team to rush past to safety with the wounded. While gallantly continuing his work, he noticed a group of wounded and helpless soldiers some distance away and ran to their rescue. As he approached the casualties, he was struck in the head by a shell fragment, but with complete disregard for his gaping wound he continued to his comrades, lifted one and carried him on his shoulders 50 yards to safety. He then collapsed and died.



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