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Jose F. Valdez

 

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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.

Santa Fe National Cemetery
  Q-29  

Born:  January 03, 1925 at Governador, NM

Entered Service in the US Army from Pleasant Grove, UT

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism January 25, 1945 at Rosenkrantz, France

Died:  February 17, 1945 at the age of 20

Private First Class Valdez was on outpost duty with five others when the enemy counterattacked with overwhelming strength. From his position near some woods 500 yards beyond American lines he saw a hostile tank 75 yards away, and raked it with automatic rifle fire until it withdrew. Soon afterward he saw three Germans approaching through the woods. As the enemy opened up from a range of 30 yards, he engaged in a fire fight with them until he had killed all three. The enemy launched an attack with two companies of infantrymen, blasting the patrol with murderous concentrations of automatic and rifle fire and beginning an encircling movement which forced a withdrawal. PFC Valdez volunteered to cover the maneuver, and as the patrol plunged through a hail of bullets toward American lines, he fired burst after burst into the swarming enemy. Three of his companions were wounded and he was struck by a bullet that entered his stomach and emerged from his back. Overcoming agonizing pain, he regained control and resumed his firing position, delivering a protective screen of bullets until all others of the patrol were safe. For 15 minutes he held off more than 200 of the enemy, then dragged himself back to his own lines. He died later as a result of his wounds.

 

 

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