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John Walton Collier

 

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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.

Arlington National Cemetery
  12-4637 

 

BORN:  April 03, 1929 at Worthington, KY

Entered Service in the US Army from Worthington, KY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on September 19, 1950 at Chindoing-ni, Korea

DIED:  September 19, 1950 at the age of 21

While engaged in an assault on a strategic ridge strongly defended by a fanatical enemy, the leading elements of Corporal Collier's company encountered intense automatic weapons and grenade fire. Corporal Collier and three comrades volunteered and moved forward to neutralize an enemy machinegun position which was hampering the company's advance, but they were twice repulsed. On the third attempt, Corporal Collier, despite heavy enemy fire and grenade barrages, moved to an exposed position ahead of his comrades, assaulted and destroyed the machinegun nest, killing at least 4 enemy soldiers. As he returned down the rocky, fire-swept hill and joined his squad, an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Shouting a warning to his comrades, Corporal Collier selflessly and unhesitatingly, threw himself upon the grenade and smothered its explosion with his body. This intrepid action saved his comrades from death or injury.

 

 

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