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Robert Miller McTureous, Jr.



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.

Glendale Cemetery

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Born:  March 26, 1924 at Altoona, FL

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Florida

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 07, 1945 at Okinawa Shima, Ryuku Islands

Died:  June 11, 1945 at the age of 21

Following his company's seizure of an important hill objective, Private McTureous observed the plight of company stretcher bearers who were suddenly assailed by slashing machinegun fire as they attempted to evacuate wounded. Determined to prevent further casualties, he quickly filled his jacket with hand grenades and charged the enemy-occupied caves. Coolly disregarding all personal danger as he waged his furious one man assault, he smashed grenades into the cave entrances, thereby diverting the heaviest fire from the stretcher bearers to his own person and, resolutely returning to his own lines under a blanketing hail of rifle and machinegun fire to replenish his supply of grenades, dauntlessly continued his systematic reduction of Japanese strength until he himself sustained serious wounds after silencing a large number of the hostile guns. Aware of his own critical condition and unwilling to further endanger the lives of his comrades, he stoically crawled a distance of 200 yards to a sheltered position within friendly lines before calling for aid. By his fearless initiative and bold tactics, Private McTureous had succeeded in neutralizing the enemy fire, killing six Japanese troops and effectively disorganizing the remainder of the savagely defending garrison.



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