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Leonard Alfred Funk, Jr.



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:  August 27, 1916 at Braddock Township, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Wilkinsburg, PA

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on January 29, 1945 at Holzheim, Belgium

DIED:  November 20, 1992 at the age of 76

When the company executive officer became a casualty, First Sergeant Funk immediately assumed his duties, forming headquarters soldiers into a combat unit for an assault in the face of direct artillery shelling and harassing fire from the right flank. Under his skillful and courageous leadership, this miscellaneous group attacked 15 houses, cleared them, and took 30 prisoners without suffering a casualty. His company quickly overran Holzheim, netting 80 prisoners, who were placed under a four-man guard, while the rest of the under-strength unit went about mopping up isolated points of resistance. An enemy patrol succeeded in capturing the guards and freeing the prisoners, when First Sergeant Funk walked around the building and into their midst. He was ordered to surrender by a German officer who pushed a pistol into his stomach. Outnumbered and facing almost certain death, he pretending to comply and began to unsling his submachine gun from his shoulder and then, with lightning motion, brought the muzzle into line and riddled the German officer. He turned upon the other Germans, firing and shouting to the other Americans to seize their weapons. In the ensuing fight 21 Germans were killed, many wounded, and the remainder captured.



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