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James Alton Gardner



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.

Fairview Cemetery


Born:  February 07, 1943 at Dyersburg, TN

Entered Service in the US Army from Memphis, TN

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism February 07, 1966 at My Canh, Vietnam

Died:  February 07, 1966 at the age of 22

First Lieutenant Gardner's platoon was advancing to relieve a company that had been pinned down for several hours by a superior enemy force. The enemy occupied bunker positions, expertly concealed, the approaches well covered by automatic weapons, machineguns and mortars. Leading the assault, Lieutenant Gardner charged through a hail of fire across an open rice paddy. On reaching the first bunker he destroyed it and dashed to the second bunker and eliminated it. Crawling along the dike, he reached the third bunker but before he could arm a grenade, the gunner leaped up, firing at him. He returned the fire and killed the enemy at a distance of six feet. Following seizure of the main enemy position, he reorganized the platoon and, advancing to the new assault position, was pinned down by an enemy machinegun in a fortified bunker. He collected several grenades and charged the position, firing his rifle to neutralize the defenders, and dropped a grenade into the bunker and vaulted beyond. Rolling into a ditch to gain cover, he moved toward a new source of fire, leaped from the ditch and advanced with a grenade in one hand and firing his rifle with the other. With a last valiant effort he destroyed the bunker before he fell dead on the rim of the bunker.



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