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Henry F. Warner



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.

South Side Cemetery

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Born:  August 23, 1923 at Troy, NC

Entered Service in the US Army from Troy, NC

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism December 20 & 21, 1944 at Dom Butgenbach, Belgium

Died:  December 21, 1944 at the age of 21

Corporal Warner was a major factor in stopping enemy tanks during heavy attacks against the battalion position near Dom Butgenbach, Belgium. In the first attack, launched in the early morning, enemy tanks succeeded in penetrating parts of the line. Corporal Warner, disregarding the concentrated cannon and machinegun fire from two tanks bearing down on him, and ignoring the imminent danger of being overrun by the infantry moving under tank cover, destroyed the first tank and scored a direct and deadly hit upon the second. A third tank approached within five yards of his position while he was attempting to clear a jammed breach lock. Jumping from his gun pit, he engaged in a pistol duel with the tank commander standing in the turret, killing him and forcing the tank to withdraw. Following a day and night during which our forces were subjected to constant shelling, mortar barrages, and numerous unsuccessful infantry attacks, the enemy struck in great force the next morning. Seeing a Mark IV tank looming out of the mist and heading toward his position, Corporal Warner scored a direct hit. Disregarding his injuries, he endeavored to finish the loading and again fire at the tank whose motor was now aflame, when a second machinegun burst killed him.



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