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Willibald Charles Bianchi



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.

Remembered at A.B.M.C. Manila
  Wall of the Missing  

Also Remembered At
Honolulu, HI
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Born: March 12, 1915 at New Ulm, MN

Entered Service in the US Army from New Ulm, MN

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February 3, 1942 at Bagac, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands

Died:  January 9, 1945 at the age of 29

NOTE:  Lieutenant Bianchi was lost at sea when the POW ship on which he was being transported was sunk by A.A.C. Attack.  There is another memorial to him at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.

When the rifle platoon of another company was ordered to wipe out two strong enemy machinegun nests, First Lieutenant Bianchi voluntarily and of his own initiative, advanced with the platoon leading part of the men. When wounded early in the action by two bullets through the left hand, he did not stop for first aid but discarded his rifle and began firing a pistol.

He located a machinegun nest and personally silenced it with grenades. When wounded the second time by two machinegun bullets through the chest muscles, First Lieutenant Bianchi climbed to the top of an American tank, manned its antiaircraft machinegun, and fired into strongly held enemy position until knocked completely off the tank by a third severe wound.



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