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Joseph Vittori

 

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.

St. Mary's Cemetery

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Born:  August 01, 1929 at Beverly, MA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Beverly, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism September 15 & 16, 1951 at Hill 749, Korea

Died:  September 16, 1951 at the age of 22

As his company assaulted strong hostile forces entrenched on Hill 749, Corporal Vittori boldly rushed through withdrawing troops with two volunteers from his reserve platoon and plunged directly into the midst of the enemy. Overwhelming them in a fierce hand-to-hand struggle, he enabled his company to consolidate its positions. Quick to respond to an urgent call for a rifleman to defend a heavy machinegun positioned on the extreme point of the northern flank and virtually isolated from the remainder of the unit when the enemy again struck in force during the night, he assumed position under the devastating barrage and, fighting a single-handed battle, leaped from one flank to the other, manning a machinegun when the gunner was struck down and making repeated trips through heavy shellfire to replenish ammunition. Corporal Vittori continued his valiant stand, refusing to give ground as the enemy penetrated to within feet of his position, simulating strength in the line and denying the foe physical occupation of the ground. He was mortally wounded by the enemy machinegun and rifle bullets while persisting in his magnificent defense of the sector where approximately 200 enemy dead were found the following morning,

 

 

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