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Laszlo Rabel

 

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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
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BORN:  September 21, 1937 at Budapest, Hungary

Entered Service in the US Army from Minneapolis, MN

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on November 13, 1968 at Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam

DIED:  November 13, 1968 at the age of 31

Staff Sergeant Rabel distinguished himself while serving as leader of Team Delta. Two hours before noon his men were in a defensive perimeter conducting reconnaissance of enemy trail networks when a member of the team detected enemy movement to the front. As Staff Sergeant Rabel and a comrade prepared to clear the area, he heard an incoming grenade as it landed in the midst of the team's perimeter. With complete disregard for his life, Staff Sergeant Rabel threw himself on the grenade and, covering it with his body, received the complete impact of the immediate explosion. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, he averted the loss of life and injury to the other members of his team.

 

 

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