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Harry J. Michael



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.

Violett Cemetery


Born:  March 13, 1922 at Benton, IN

Entered Service in the US Army from Milford, IN

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism March 14, 1945 at Neiderzerf, Germany

Died:  March 14, 1945 at the age of 23

Second Lieutenant Michael was a rifle platoon leader when his company began an assault on a wooded ridge northeast of Neiderzerf, Germany. Up the side of the hill at the head of his platoon, he heard the click of an enemy machinegun bolt. Quietly halting the company, he silently moved into the woods and discovered two enemy machineguns and crews. Executing a sudden charge, he completely surprised the enemy and captured the guns and crews. At daybreak, enemy voices were heard in the woods ahead. Leading his platoon in a flanking movement, they charged with hand grenades and, after a bitter fight, captured 25 members of an SS mountain division, three artillery pieces, and 20 horses. While his company was establishing its position, Lieutenant Michael made two personal reconnaissance missions on his left flank. On the first he killed two, wounded four, and captured six enemy soldiers single-handedly. On the second he captured seven prisoners. During the afternoon he led his platoon on a frontal assault of a line of enemy pillboxes, capturing the objective, killing 10 and capturing 30 prisoners. The following morning the company was subjected to sniper fire and Second Lieutenant Michael, in an attempt to find the hidden sniper, was shot and killed.



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