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Joseph John Sadowski

 

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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.

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Born:  December 07, 1916 at Perth Amboy, NJ

Entered Service in the US Army from Perth Amboy, NJ

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism September 14, 1944 at Valhey, France

Died:  September 14, 1944 at the age of 27

Sergeant Sadowski as a tank commander was advancing with the leading elements through a severe barrage of enemy fire from the streets and buildings of the town of Valhey. As his tank advanced it was struck by a shell from an 88-mm gun fired at a range of 20 yards and burst into flames. Sergeant Sadowski immediately ordered his crew to dismount and take cover in the adjoining buildings. After his crew had dismounted, Sergeant Sadowski discovered that one member of the crew, the bow gunner, had been unable to leave the tank. Although the tank was being subjected to a withering hail of enemy small-arms, bazooka, grenade, and mortar fire from the streets and from the windows of adjacent buildings, Sergeant Sadowski unhesitatingly returned to his tank and endeavored to pry up the bow gunner's hatch. While engaged in this attempt to rescue his comrade from the burning tank, he was cut down by a stream of machinegun fire which resulted in his death. The gallant and noble sacrifice of his life in the aid of his comrade, undertaken in the face of almost certain death, so inspired the remainder of the tank crews that they pressed forward with great ferocity and completely destroyed the enemy forces in the town without further loss to themselves.

 

 

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