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David Paul Nash



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.

Saint Mary's of the Woods Cemetery

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Born:  November 03, 1947 at Whitesville, KY

Entered Service in the US Army from Louisville, KY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism December 29, 1968 at Giao Duc District, Dinh Tuong Prov., Vietnam

Died:  December 29, 1968 at the age of 21

Private First Class Nash was serving as a grenadier when an ambush patrol of which he was a member suddenly came under intense attack before reaching its destination. Taking an exposed location, Private First Class Nash suppressed the hostile fusillade with a rapid series of rounds from his grenade launcher, enabling artillery fire to be adjusted on the enemy. After the foe had been routed, his small element continued to the ambush site where he established a position with three fellow soldiers on a narrow dike. Shortly past midnight, while Private First Class Nash and a comrade kept watch and the two other men took their turn sleeping, an enemy grenade wounded two soldiers in the adjacent position. Seconds later Private First Class Nash saw another grenade land only a few feet from his own position. Although he could have escaped harm by rolling down the other side of the dike, he shouted a warning to his comrades and leaped upon the lethal explosive. Absorbing the blast with his body, he saved the lives of the three men in the area at the sacrifice of his life.



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