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Richard Edward Kraus



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.

Fort Snelling National Cemetery

Born:  November 24, 1925 at Chicago, IL

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Minnesota

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism October 05, 1944 at Peleliu Island, Palau Islands

Died:  October 05, 1944 at the age of 18

Unhesitatingly volunteering for the extremely hazardous mission of evacuating a wounded comrade from the front lines at Peleliu Island, Private First Class Kraus and three companions courageously made their way forward and successfully penetrated the lines for some distance before the enemy opened with an intense, devastating barrage of hand grenades which forced the stretcher party to take cover and subsequently abandon the mission. While returning to the rear, they observed two men approaching who appeared to be marines and immediately demanded the password. When, instead of answering, one of the two Japanese threw a hand grenade into the midst of the group, Private First Class Kraus heroically flung himself upon the grenade and, covering it with his body, absorbed the full impact of the explosion and was instantly killed. By his prompt action and great personal valor in the face of almost certain death, he saved the lives of his three companions.



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