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Jose Mendoze Lopez

 

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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.

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
 A1-542 

Born:  June 1, 1912 at Mission, TX

Entered Service in the US Army from Brownsville, TX

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism December 17, 1944 at Krinkelt, Belgium.

Died:  May 16, 2005 at the age of 94

Sergeant Lopez manned a machinegun to protect his company's flank which was in danger of being overrun by advancing enemy infantry and tanks. From a shallow hole offering no protection above his waist, he cut down a group of ten Germans. Ignoring fire from an advancing tank, he held his position and cut down 25 more enemy infantry attempting to turn his flank. He saw a large number of infantry swarming in from the front. Dazed from artillery fire which had crashed into the ground only a few yards away, he realized that his position soon would be outflanked. Alone, he carried his machinegun to a position to the right rear of the sector. Blown backward by the concussion of enemy fire, he reset his gun and continued his fire. Single-handed he held off the German horde until his company had effected its retirement. Again he loaded his gun on his back and in a hail of small arms fire he ran to a point where a few of his comrades were attempting to set up another defense against the onrushing enemy. He fired from this position until his ammunition was exhausted. Still carrying his gun, he fell back with his small group to Krinkelt. Sergeant Lopez's gallantry and intrepidity, on seemingly suicidal missions in which he killed at least 100 of the enemy.

 

 

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