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Edward A. Silk



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 08, 1916 at Johnstown, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Johnstown, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism on November 23, 1944 at St. Pravel, France

DIED:  November 19, 1955 at the age of 39

First Lieutenant Silk commanded a weapons platoon when the end battalion was assigned the mission of seizing high ground overlooking Moyenmoutier, France, prior to an attack on the city itself. His company jumped off in the lead at dawn and by noon reached the edge of a woods where scouts saw an enemy sentry guarding a farmhouse in a valley below. One squad was pinned down by intense enemy fire from the house. Deploying his machinegun section, Lieutenant Silk returned fire, but when 15 minutes had elapsed decided to eliminate the strong point by a one-man attack. Running 100 yards across an open field to a low stone wall in front of the farmhouse, he fired into the door and windows and then vaulted the wall and dashed 50 yards through a hail of bullets to the left side of the house. He then hurled a grenade through a window and killed the two gunners. He drew fire from a second machinegun in a woodshed but rushed this position in the face of direct fire and killed the gunners. His supply of grenades exhausted, he dashed back to the side of the farmhouse and threw rocks through a window, demanding the surrender of the remaining enemy. Twelve Germans, confused by his unorthodox methods, gave up to the lone American.



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