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Raymond Harrell Wilkins



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
Portsmouth, VA

Born: September 28, 1917 at Portsmouth, VA

Entered Service in the US Army Air Corps from Portsmouth, VA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism November 02, 1943 at Rabaul, New Britain, Pacific Ocean

Died:  November 02, 1943 at the age of 26

Major Wilkins lead his B-25 squadron against enemy shipping near Rabaul, New Britain on November 2, 1943. Approaching the enemy ships through concentrated antiaircraft fire, his plane was hit. Although he experienced extreme difficulty in maintaining control of his aircraft, he pressed on relentlessly. At low level, he attacked an enemy destroyer which exploded. Fire from this attack further damaged his plane. He then attacked a large transport, setting it aflame. Bombs expended, he began to withdraw but sighted a heavy cruiser. To neutralize it and attract its fire from his squadron, Major Wilkins began a strafing run during which his aircraft was critically damaged and crashed into the sea. As a result of his action, the remaining planes of his formation were able to continue on safely.



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