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Sherwood H. Hallman

 

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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.

Buried at A.B.M.C. Brittany
  M-5-11   

Born: October 29, 1913 at Spring City, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Spring City, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism September 13, 1944 at Brest, Brittany, France

Died:  September 14, 1944 at the age of 30

Staff Sergeant Hallman's battalion was attacking the fortified city of Brest when it was held up by a strongly defended enemy position which had turned back repeated Allied attacks over a three-day period. Hallman's company advanced to within several hundred yards of the enemy position but was again halted by intense fire. Realizing that the position must be neutralized without delay, Staff Sergeant Hallman ordered his squad to cover his movements with fire while he advanced alone to a point from which he could make the assault. Without hesitating he leaped over a hedgerow into a sunken road, the central point of the German defenses which was known to contain an enemy machinegun position and at least 30 enemy riflemen. Firing his carbine and hurling grenades, unassisted, he killed or wounded four of the enemy and ordered the remainder to surrender. Immediately, 12 of the enemy surrendered and the position was secured by the remainder of his company. Seeing this about 75 additional enemy in the vicinity surrendered. This single heroic act on the part of Staff Sergeant Hallman resulted in the immediate advance of the entire battalion for a distance of 2,000 yards to a position from which Fort Keranroux was captured later the same day.

 

 

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