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Jesse Ray Drowley



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.

Fairmont Memorial Park

Born:  September 13, 1919 at St. Charles, MI

Entered Service in the US Army from Spokane, WA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism January 30, 1944 at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Pacific Ocean

Died:  May 15, 1996 at the age of 76

Staff Sergeant Drowley, a squad leader in a platoon whose mission during an attack was to remain under cover while holding the perimeter defense as a reserve for assaulting echelon, saw three members of the assault company fall badly wounded. When intense hostile fire prevented aid from reaching them, he fearlessly rushed forward to carry two of them to cover. He then discovered an enemy pillbox undetected by assaulting tanks, and which was inflicting heavy casualties upon the attacking force. Delegating the rescue of the third man to an assistant, he ran across open terrain to one of the tanks. Signaling to the crew, he climbed to the turret, exchanged his weapon for a submachine gun and voluntarily rode the deck of the tank directing it toward the pillbox by tracer fire. Under constant enemy fire, the tank continued within 20 feet of the pillbox where Sergeant Drowley received a severe bullet wound in the chest. Refusing to return for medical treatment, he remained on the tank and directed its progress until the enemy box was definitely located. He again was wounded, losing his left eye and falling to the ground. He remained alongside the tank until the pillbox had been demolished and another directly behind the first destroyed.



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