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Larry Gilbert Dahl



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.

Willamette National Cemetery

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Born:     June 10, 1949 at Oregon City, OR

Entered Service in the US Army from Portland, OR

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism February 23, 1971 at An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam

Died:  February 23, 1971 at the age of 21

The gun truck in which Specialist Fourth Class Dahl was riding was sent with two other gun trucks to assist in the defense of a convoy that had been ambushed by an enemy force. The gun trucks entered the battle zone and engaged the attacking enemy troops with a heavy volume of machinegun fire, causing a large number of casualties. After a brief period of intense fighting the attack subsided. As the gun trucks were preparing to return to their normal escort duties, an enemy hand grenade was thrown into the truck in which Specialist Fourth Class Dahl was riding. Instantly realizing the great danger, Specialist Fourth Class Dahl called a warning to his companions and threw himself directly onto the grenade. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Specialist Fourth Class Dahl saved the lives of the other members of the truck crew while sacrificing his own.



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