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Ellis R. Weicht



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. Epinal

Born:  at Clearville, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Bedford, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism December 03, 1944 at St. Hippolyte, France

Died:  December 03, 1944

Sergeant Weicht commanded an assault squad against the important Alsatian town of St. Hippolyte. He aggressively led his men down a winding street, clearing the houses of opposition. Rounding a bend, the group was brought under the fire of two machineguns in the door and window of a house 100 yards distant. While his men took cover, Sergeant Weicht moved rapidly to a high rock wall and, fearlessly exposing himself to the enemy, fired two clips of ammunition from his rifle. His fire proving ineffective, he entered a house opposite the enemy and, firing from a window, killed the two hostile gunners. The advance was later halted when two 20-mm guns opened fire on the company. An artillery observer ordered friendly troops to evacuate and then directed artillery fire upon the gun positions. Sergeant Weicht remained in the shelled area and continued to fire on the hostile weapons. When the barrage lifted and the enemy soldiers attempted to remove their gun, he killed two crewmembers and forced the others to flee. He continued forward until he spotted a road block 125 yards away. Moving to the second floor of a nearby house and firing from a window, he killed three and wounded several of the enemy until he was killed by a direct hit from an antitank gun.



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