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Dan D. Schoonover



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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Honolulu, HI

Born:  October 08, 1933 at Boise, ID

Entered Service in the US Army from Boise, ID

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism July 08 - 10, 1953 at Pork chop Hill, Sokkogae, Korea

Died:  July 10, 1953 at the age of 19

Corporal Schoonover was in charge of an engineer demolition squad which was committed to dislodge the enemy from a vital hill. When the heavy fighting made it impossible to carry out his mission, he employed his unit as a rifle squad and, forging up the steep barren slope, participated in the assault on hostile positions. When an artillery round exploded on the roof of an enemy bunker, he courageously ran forward and leaped into the position, killing one enemy and taking another prisoner. Later, when friendly forces were pinned down by vicious fire from another bunker, he dashed through the hail of fire, hurled grenades in the nearest aperture, then ran to the doorway and emptied his pistol, killing the remainder of the enemy. When the enemy counterattacked he constantly exposed himself to the heavy bombardment to direct the fire of his men and to call in an artillery barrage on hostile forces. Although the company was relieved early the following morning, he voluntarily remained in the area, manned a machinegun for several hours, and subsequently joined another assault on enemy emplacements. When last seen he was operating an automatic rifle with devastating effect until mortally wounded by artillery fire.



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