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Robert Lee Wilson



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.

Hillcrest Memorial Park

Born:  May 24, 1921 at Centralia, IL

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Illinois

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism August 04, 1944 at Tinian Islands, Mariana Islands

Died:  August 04, 1944 at the age of 23

As one of a group of marines advancing through heavy underbrush to neutralize isolated points of resistance at Tinian Island, Private First Class Wilson daringly preceded his companions toward a pile of rocks where Japanese troops were supposed to be hiding. Fully aware of the danger involved, he was moving forward while the remainder of the squad, armed with automatic rifles, closed together in the rear when an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the group. Quick to act, Private First Class Wilson cried a warning to the men and unhesitatingly threw himself on the grenade, heroically sacrificing his own life that the others might live and fulfill their mission.



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