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Rudolph B. Davila

 

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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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  67-3457 

BORN:  April 27, 1916 at El Paso, TX

Entered Service in the US Army from Los Angeles, CA

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on May 28, 1944 at Artena, Italy

DIED:  January 26, 2002 at the age of 85

Caught on an exposed hillside by heavy, grazing fire from a well-entrenched German force, Staff Sergeant Davila's machine gunners were reluctant to risk putting their guns into action. Crawling fifty yards to the nearest machine gun, he set it up alone and opened fire on the enemy. To observe the effect of his fire he fired from the kneeling position, ignoring the enemy fire that struck the tripod and passed between his legs. Ordering a gunner to take over, he crawled to a vantage point and directed the firefight with hand and arm signals until both hostile machine guns were silenced. Bringing his three remaining machine guns into action, he drove the enemy to a position two hundred yards to the rear. When wounded in the leg, he dashed to a burned tank and engaged a second enemy force from its turret. Dismounting, he advanced 130 yards and crawled 20 yards to charge into an enemy-held house and eliminate the defending force of five with a hand grenade. Climbing to the attic, he straddled a large shell hole in the wall and opened fire on the enemy and continued to fire until he had destroyed two more machine guns. His intrepid actions silenced four machine gunners, which forced the enemy to abandon their prepared positions.

 

 

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