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Oscar Verner Peterson

 

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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.

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

Born: August 27, 1899 at Prentice, WI

Entered Service in the US Navy from Wisconsin

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 07, 1942 at At Sea

Died:  May 07, 1942 at the age of 42

Chief Watertender Peterson was in charge of a repair party during an attack on the U.S.S. Neosho by enemy Japanese aerial forces during the battle of the Coral Sea. Lacking assistance because of injuries to the other members of his repair party and severely wounded himself, Chief Peterson, with no concern for his own life, closed the bulkhead stop valves and in so doing received additional burns which resulted in his death.

 

 

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