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Michael Aloyisius Donaldson



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.

St. Peter's Cemetery

Born:  January 16, 1887 at Haverstraw, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Haverstraw, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism October 14, 1918 at Sommerance and Landres-st St. Georges, France

Died:  April 12, 1970 at the age of 83

Sergeant Donaldson earned the Medal of Honor for heroism on the road from Sommerance to Landres-et St. Georges, France, during intense assaults upon enemy positions. The advance of his regiment having been checked by intense machinegun fire of the enemy, who were entrenched on the crest of a hill ahead of them, his company retired to a sunken road to reorganize their position, leaving several of their number wounded near the enemy lines. Of his own volition, in broad daylight and under direct observation of the enemy and with utter disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Donaldson advanced to the crest of the hill, rescued one of his wounded comrades, and returned under withering fire to his own lines, repeating his splendidly heroic act until he had brought in all the men, six in number.



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