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Samuel Woodfill



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

BORN:  January 06, 1883 at Jefferson County, IN

Entered Service in the US Army from Bryantsburg, IN

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism on October 12, 1918 at Cunel, France

DIED:  August 10, 1951 at the age of 68

First Lieutenant Woodfill's line came under heavy machinegun fire, which threatened to hold up the advance. Followed by two soldiers at 25 yards, he went ahead of his first line toward a machinegun nest and worked his way around its flank, leaving the two soldiers in front. When he got within ten yards of the gun it ceased firing, and four of the enemy appeared, three of whom he shot. The fourth, an officer, rushed at Lieutenant Woodfill. After a hand-to-hand struggle, Lieutenant Woodfill killed the officer with his pistol. His company then continued to advance until another machinegun nest was encountered. Calling on his men to follow, Lieutenant Woodfill rushed ahead of his line and, when several of the enemy appeared above the nest, he shot them, capturing three others and silencing the gun. A few minutes later for the third time he charged another machinegun position, killing five men in one pit with his rifle. He then drew his revolver and started to jump into the pit, when two other gunners only a few yards away turned their gun on him. Failing to kill them with his revolver, he grabbed a pick lying nearby and killed both of them. Inspired by Lieutenant Woodfill's intrepid actions, his men pressed on to their objective.



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