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Edward G. Wilkin



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.

Longmeadow Cemetery

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Born:  May 25, 1917 at Burlington, VT

Entered Service in the US Army from Longmeadow, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism March 18, 1945 at Siegfried Line, Germany

Died:  April 18, 1945 at the age of 27

Corporal Wilkin spearheaded his unit's assault of the Siegfried Line in Germany. He cleared the way into an area studded with pillboxes, where he repeatedly stood up and walked into vicious enemy fire, storming one fortification after another killing enemy troops and taking prisoners. When halted by heavy barbed wire entanglements, he secured bangalore torpedoes and blasted a path toward still more pillboxes. He engaged in fierce fire fights, standing in the open to assault concrete emplacements, and on one occasion pursued enemy soldiers across an open field until he had penetrated the line 200 yards in advance of any American element. That night he refused to rest and hearing that a nearby company was suffering heavy casualties, secured permission to guide litter bearers in evacuating the wounded. For the following two days he continued to remove casualties, venturing into enemy-held territory. In three days he neutralized and captured six pillboxes, killed at least nine Germans, wounded 13, took 13 prisoners, aided in the capture of 14 others, and saved many American lives by his fearless performance as a litter bearer. One month later he was killed in action while fighting deep in Germany.



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