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John R. McKinney

 

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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.

Doubleheads Baptist Church Cemetery

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Born:  February 26, 1921 at Woodcliff, GA

Entered Service in the US Army from Woodcliff, GA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 11, 1945 at Tayabas Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands

Died:  April 4, 1997 at the age of 76

Just before daybreak approximately 100 Japanese stealthily attacked the perimeter defense on Luzon, concentrating on a machinegun position manned by three Americans. Having completed a long tour of duty at this gun, Private McKinney was resting a few paces away when an enemy soldier struck him on the head with a saber. Although dazed, he seized his rifle, bludgeoned his attacker, and shot another assailant who was charging him. One of his comrades at the machinegun was wounded and his other companion withdrew carrying the injured man. Alone, Private McKinney was confronted by ten enemy who had captured the machinegun, intent of reversing it to fire into the perimeter. Leaping into the emplacement, he shot seven of them and killed three more with his rifle butt. The machinegun was rendered inoperative, leaving only his rifle with which to meet advancing Japanese, who hurled grenades and directed knee mortar shells into the perimeter. He changed position, secured more ammunition, and cut down waves of the fanatical enemy with devastating fire or clubbed them to death in hand-to-hand combat. He thwarted the assault and thirty-eight were found around the machinegun and two more at the side of a mortar 45 yards distant.

 

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