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Joseph Henry Thompson

 

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.

Beaver Falls & Memorial Park

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Born:  September 26, 1871 at Kilkeel, Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from Beaver Falls, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism October 01, 1918 at Apremont, France

Died:  February 01, 1928 at the age of 56

Major Thompson earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Apremont, France, during intense assaults upon enemy positions. Counterattacked by two regiments of the enemy, he encouraged his battalion in the front line by constantly braving the hazardous fire of machineguns and artillery. His courage was mainly responsible for the heavy repulse of the enemy. Later in the action, when the advance of his assaulting companies was held up by fire from a hostile machinegun nest and all but one of the six assaulting tanks were disabled, Major Thompson, with great gallantry and coolness, rushed forward on foot three separate times in advance of the assaulting line, under heavy machinegun and antitank-gun fire, and led the one remaining tank to within a few yards of the enemy machinegun nest, which succeeded in reducing it, thereby making it possible for the infantry to advance.

 

 

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