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Tony Stein

 

TAPS

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:  September 30, 1921 at Dayton, OH

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Ohio

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February 19, 1945 at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands

Died:  March 01, 1945 at the age of 23

The first man of his unit to be on station after hitting the beach in the initial assault at Iwo Jima, Corporal Stein, armed with a personally improvised aircraft-type weapon, provided rapid covering fire as the remainder of his platoon attempted to move into position. When his comrades were stalled by a machinegun and mortar barrage, he stood upright and exposed himself to the enemy's view, thereby drawing the hostile fire to his own person and enabling him to observe the location of the enemy guns. He boldly charged the pillboxes one-by-one and succeeded in killing 20 of the enemy. Under the merciless hail of shells and bullets which fell on all sides, he continued to deliver the fire of his skillfully improvised weapon at a tremendous rate of speed which rapidly exhausted his ammunition. Undaunted, he removed his helmet and shoes to expedite his movements and ran back to the beach for additional ammunition, making a total of eight trips under intense fire and carrying or assisting a wounded man back each time. Although his weapon was twice shot from his hands, he personally covered the withdrawal of his platoon to the company position.

 

 

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