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John C. Squires



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.

Zachary Taylor National Cemetery

Born:  May 19, 1925 at Louisville, KY

Entered Service in the US Army from Louisville, KY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War  II For heroism April 23 & 24, 1944 at Padiglione, Italy

Died:  May 23, 1944 at the age of 19

Despite shells which burst close to him in his first combat action, Private First Class Squires made his way 50 yards forward, noted the situation, reconnoitered a new route of advance and informed his platoon leader of casualties sustained and the alternate route. He rounded up stragglers, organized a group of lost men into a squad and led them forward. When the platoon reached Spaccasassi Creek PFC Squires, knowing that almost all of the noncommissioned officers were casualties, placed eight men in position which covered the creek draw. When his platoon had been reduced to 14 men, he brought up reinforcements twice. Three times in the early morning the outpost was counterattacked. Each time PFC Squires ignored withering enemy fire and grenades and fired hundreds of rounds at the enemy, inflicting numerous casualties. Following these fights, he moved 50 yards to the south and engaged 21 German soldiers in individual machinegun duels at point-blank range, forcing all to surrender and capturing 13 Spandau guns. The next night when the Germans attacked the outpost again he killed three and wounded more Germans with captured potato-masher grenades and fire from his Spandau gun. Private First Class Squires was killed in a subsequent action.



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