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James Phillip Connor

 

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.

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Delaware Memorial Veteran Cemetery

Born:  January 12, 1919 at Wilmington, DE

Entered Service in the US Army from Wilmington, DE

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism August 15, 1944 at Cape Cavalaire, France

Died:  July 27, 1994 at the age of 75

Sergeant Connor led his platoon in clearing the enemy from entrenched positions on Cape Cavalaire, removing a grave threat during the amphibious landing in southern France. His battle patrol landed on "Red Beach" with the mission of destroying the strongly fortified enemy positions with utmost speed. Though knocked down and seriously wounded in the neck by a hanging mine which killed his platoon lieutenant, Sergeant Connor refused medical aid and with his driving spirit practically carried the platoon across several thousand yards of mine-saturated beach through intense fire from mortars, 20-mm flak guns, machineguns, and snipers. He personally shot and killed two snipers. The platoon sergeant was killed and Sergeant Connor became platoon leader. Receiving a second wound, he again refused evacuation, determined to carry on. He impelled his men toward a group of buildings honeycombed with enemy snipers and machineguns. Here he received his third grave wound, this time in the leg, felling him in his tracks. Still resolved to carry on, he relinquished command only after his attempts proved that it was physically impossible to stand. Nevertheless, from his prone position, he gave the orders and directed his men in assaulting the enemy.

 

 

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