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Thomas Weldon Fowler



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.

Crestview Memorial Park

Born:  October 31, 1921 at Wichita Falls, TX

Entered Service in the US Army from Wichita Falls, TX

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 23, 1944 at Carano, Italy

Died:  June 03, 1944 at the age of 22

Second Lieutenant Fowler came upon two disorganized infantry platoons held up by an enemy minefield. He reorganized the men and made a reconnaissance through the minefield, clearing a path by lifting the mines out of the ground with his hands. After he had gone through the 75-yard belt of explosives, he returned and led the infantrymen through it. He then made a reconnaissance into enemy territory in search of a route to continue the advance. Returning through the minefield he led the tanks into a position from which they could support the infantry. Acting as scout 300 yards in front, he led two platoons forward until he had gained his objective, where he came upon several dug-in enemy. Lieutenant Fowler dragged them from their foxholes and sent them to the rear. He reconnoitered to his front, brought the infantry into position where they dug in and, under heavy mortar and small arms fire, brought his tanks forward. When several Mark Vl tanks fired their cannons directly on his position and destroyed a tank, he ran directly into the enemy tank fire to reach a burning vehicle. For a half-hour, under intense strafing and although all other elements had withdrawn, he remained in his forward position attempting to save the lives of the wounded tank crew.



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