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Harold Herman Moon, 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.

Sunset Memorial Gardens

Born:  March 15, 1921 at Albuquerque, NM

Entered Service in the US Army from Gardena, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism October 21, 1944 at Pawig, Leyte, Philippine Islands

Died:  October 21, 1944 at the age of 23

Private Moon was in a forward position on a beachhead where he met the brunt of a strong, well-supported night attack. Men in nearby positions were killed or injured, and Private Moon was wounded as his foxhole became the target of mortar and machinegun fire. He maintained his stand, firing into the enemy, and daringly exposed himself to hostile fire time after time. A Japanese officer attempted to knock out his position with grenades, but Private Moon killed him. When the enemy advanced a light machinegun within 20 yards of the shattered perimeter and fired with telling effects, he stood up to locate the gun and remained exposed while calling back range corrections to friendly mortars which knocked out the weapon. Later he killed two enemy as they charged an aid man. At dawn his position was the focal point of attack for more than four hours, and was virtually surrounded. An entire enemy platoon charged with fixed bayonets. Private Moon calmly emptied his magazine into the advancing horde, killing 18 and repulsing the attack. In a final display of bravery, he stood up to throw a grenade at a machinegun and was hit and instantly killed. Nearly 200 dead Japanese were found within 100 yards of his foxhole.



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