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William Wylie Galt

 

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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.

Mount Olivet Cemetery

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Born:     December 19, 1919 at Geyser, MT

Entered Service in the US Army from Stanford, MT

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 29, 1944 at Villa Crocetta, Italy.

Died:  May 29, 1944 at the age of 24

Following two unsuccessful attacks by his battalion, of his own volition Captain Gault went forward and ascertained just how critical the situation was. He volunteered, at the risk of his life, personally to lead the battalion against the objective. When the lone remaining tank destroyer refused to go forward, Captain Galt jumped on the tank destroyer and ordered it to precede the attack. As the tank destroyer moved forward, followed by a company of riflemen, Captain Galt manned the .30-caliber machinegun in the turret of the tank destroyer, located and directed fire on an enemy 77mm anti-tank gun, and destroyed it. Nearing the enemy positions, Captain Galt stood fully exposed in the turret, ceaselessly firing his machinegun and tossing hand grenades into the enemy zigzag series of trenches despite the hail of sniper and machinegun bullets ricocheting off the tank destroyer. As the tank destroyer moved, Captain Galt so maneuvered it that 40 of the enemy were trapped in one trench. When they refused to surrender, Captain Galt pressed the trigger of the machinegun and dispatched every one of them. A few minutes later an 88mm shell struck the tank destroyer and Captain Galt fell mortally wounded across his machinegun. He had personally killed 40 Germans and wounded many more.

 

 

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