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George G. McMurtry



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.

Ledge Lawn Cemetery

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Born:  November 06, 1876 at Pittsburgh, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from New York, NY

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I For heroism October 02 - 08, 1918 at Argonne Forest, Charlevaux, France

Died:  November 22, 1958 at the age of 82

Captain McMurtry earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Charlevaux Mill, France, as a part of Major Charles Whittlesey's "Lost Battalion." Captain McMurtry and his men were cut off and surrounded by the enemy and, although wounded in the knee by shrapnel on the third day of the siege and suffering great pain, he continued throughout the entire period to encourage his officers and men with a resistless optimism that contributed largely toward preventing panic and disorder among the troops, who were without food, cut off from communication with our lines. During a heavy barrage, he personally directed and supervised the moving of the wounded to shelter before himself seeking shelter. On the fifth day of the siege he was again wounded in the shoulder by a German grenade, but continued personally to organize and direct the defense against the German attack on the position until the attack was defeated. He continued to direct and command his troops, refusing relief, and personally led his men out of the position after assistance arrived before permitting himself to be taken to the hospital after six days in the Argonne Forest. During this period the successful defense of the position was due largely to his efforts.



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