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Edward Allen Devore, Jr.

 

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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.

Green Hills Memorial Park

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Born:  June 15, 1947 at Torrance,  CA

Entered Service in the US Army from Harbor City, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism March 17, 1968 at Saigon, Vietnam

Died:  March 17, 1968 at the age of 20

Specialist Fourth Class DeVore was a machine gunner on a reconnaissance-in-force mission five kilometers south of Saigon. His platoon, the company's lead element, came under intense fire from automatic weapons, Claymore mines, rockets and grenades from well-concealed bunkers in a nipa palm swamp. One man was killed and three wounded 20 meters from the bunker complex. Sp4 DeVore raced through a hail of fire to provide a base of fire with his machinegun, enabling the point element to move the wounded back to friendly lines. After supporting artillery, gunships and air strikes had been employed on enemy positions, a squad was sent forward to retrieve their fallen comrades. Intense enemy weapons fire pinned down this element in the kill zone. With complete disregard for his safety, Sp4 DeVore assaulted the enemy positions. Hit in the shoulder and knocked down 35 meters short of his objectives, he ignored his pain and the warnings of his fellow soldiers, jumped to his feet and continued his assault. Although mortally wounded, he continued to place suppressive fire upon the entrenched insurgents. By drawing the enemy fire upon himself he enabled the trapped squad to rejoin the platoon in safety.

 

 

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