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Bernard Pious Bell

 

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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.

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BORN:  December 29, 1911 at Grantsville, WV

Entered Service in the US Army from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism on December 18, 1944 at Mittelwihr, France

DIED:  January 11, 1971 at the age of 59

Sergeant Bell led a squad against a schoolhouse held by enemy troops. While his men covered him, he dashed toward the building, surprised 2 guards at the door and took them prisoner without firing a shot. He found that other Germans in the cellar and forced all 26 to emerge and surrender. His squad then occupied the building and prepared to defend it. The next day several more prisoners were taken and other Germans killed when hostile forces were attracted to the schoolhouse by the sound of captured German weapons fired by the Americans. At dawn a German tank fired round after round into the structure, partially demolishing the upper stories. Despite this heavy fire, Bell climbed to the second floor and directed artillery fire to force the hostile tank to withdraw. He then adjusted mortar fire on large forces of enemy foot soldiers attempting to reach the American position. When this force broke and attempted to retreat, he directed deadly machinegun and rifle fire into their disorganized ranks. T/Sergeant Bell enabled his 8-man squad to drive back approximately 150 of the enemy, killing at least 87 and capturing 42. Personally, he killed more than 20 and captured 33 prisoners.

 

 

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