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Carl Henry Dodd

 

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.

Cumberland Memorial Gardens

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Born:  April 21, 1925 at Coats, KY

Entered Service in the US Army from Kenvir, KY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism January 30 & 31, 1951 at Subuk, Korea

Died:  October 13, 1996 at the age of 71

First Lieutenant Dodd led the attack to capture Hill 256, a key terrain feature that had withstood several previous assaults. With utter disregard for his safety, First Lieutenant Dodd moved among his men, reorganized and encouraged them, and then single-handedly charged the first hostile machinegun nest, killing or wounding all its occupants. Inspired by his incredible courage, his platoon responded magnificently and, fixing bayonets and throwing grenades, closed on the enemy and wiped out every hostile position. First Lieutenant Dodd reorganized his platoon and led them across a narrow ridge and onto Hill 256. Firing his rifle and throwing grenades, he advanced at the head of his platoon despite the intense concentrated hostile fire. When his platoon was still 200 yards from the objective he moved ahead and with his last grenade destroyed an enemy mortar killing the crew. Darkness halted the advance but at daybreak First Lieutenant Dodd, again boldly advancing ahead of his unit, led the platoon through a dense fog against the remaining hostile positions. With bayonet and grenades he continued to set pace without regard for the danger to his life, until he and his troops had eliminated the last of the defenders and had secured the final objective.

 

 

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