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Jack Lemaster Treadwell

 

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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.

Fort Sill Post Cemetery
  Y-12-8 

Born:  March 31, 1919 at Ashland, AL

Entered Service in the US Army from Snyder, OK

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism March 18, 1945 at Nieder-Wurzbach, Germany

Died:  December 12, 1977 at the age of 58

Captain Treadwell was commanding officer of a company near Nieder-Wurzbach, Germany, in the Siegfried line. He single-handedly captured six pillboxes and 18 prisoners. Murderous enemy fire with intermittent artillery bombardments pinned down his company for hours at the base of a hill. Eight men sent to attack a single point had all become casualties on the slope when Captain Treadwell, armed with a submachine gun and hand grenades, went forward alone to clear the way. He fearlessly advanced, firing at the nearest pillbox and hurling grenades. He reached the pillbox, thrust the muzzle of his gun through the port, and drove four Germans out. A fifth was found dead inside. Waving the prisoners back to the American line, he continued under fire to the next pillbox and took it in the same manner. He captured the commander of the hill defenses, whom he sent to the rear with the other prisoners. He then ran across the crest of the hill to a third pillbox and was again successful in taking the enemy position. The Germans quickly fell prey to his further rushes on three more pillboxes in the confusion and havoc caused by his whirlwind assaults and capture of their commander.

 

 

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