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Kenneth Dillon Bailey



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.

Spring Hill Cemetery


Born:  October 21, 1910 at Pawnee, OK

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Illinois

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism September 12 & 13, 1942 at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

Died:  September 27, 1942 at the age of 31

Within an hour after taking its assigned position as reserve battalion between the main line and the coveted airport at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Major Bailey's company of Marines was threatened on the right flank by the penetration of the enemy into a gap in the main line. In addition to repulsing this threat, while steadily improving his own desperately held position, Major Bailey used every weapon at his command to cover the forced withdrawal of the main line before a hammering assault by superior enemy forces. After rendering invaluable service to the battalion commander in stemming the retreat, reorganizing the troops and extending the reverse position to the left, Major Bailey, despite a severe head wound, repeatedly led his troops in fierce hand-to-hand combat for a period of ten hours. His great personal valor while exposed to constant and merciless enemy fire, and his indomitable fighting spirit inspired his troops to heights of heroic endeavor which enabled them to repulse the enemy and hold Henderson Field.



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