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Freeman Victor Horner

 

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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:  June 7, 1922 at Mount Carmel, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Shamokin, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism on November 16, 1944 at Wurselen, Germany

DIED:  December 1, 2005 at the age of 83

When machinegun fire from houses on the edge of the town pinned the attackers in flat, open terrain 100 yards from their objective and as they lay in the field, enemy artillery observers directed fire upon them. Realizing that the machineguns must be eliminated Staff Sergeant Horner voluntarily stood up with his submachine gun and rushed into the teeth of concentrated fire, burdened by a heavy load of ammunition and hand grenades. As he reached a position of seeming safety, he was fired on by a machinegun which had remained silent up until that time. He wheeled in his fully exposed position while bullets barely missed him and killed two hostile gunners with a single burst. He turned to face the fire of the other two machineguns, and dodging fire as he ran, charged the two positions 50 yards away. Demoralized by their inability to hit the intrepid infantryman, the enemy abandoned their guns and took cover in the cellar of the house they occupied. Staff Sergeant Horner burst into the building, hurled two grenades down the cellar stairs, and called for the Germans to surrender. Four men gave up to him. By his extraordinary courage, Staff Sergeant Horner destroyed three enemy machinegun positions and killed or captured seven enemy.

 

 

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