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Stanley Bender



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.

High Lawn Memorial Park

Born:  October 31, 1909 at Carlisle, WV

Entered Service in the US Army from Chicago, IL

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism August 17, 1944 at LaLande, France

Died:  June 22, 1994 at the age of 84

Staff Sergeant Bender climbed on top of a knocked-out tank, in the face of withering machinegun fire which had halted the advance of his company, to locate the source of this fire. Although bullets ricocheted off the turret at his feet, he remained in full view of the enemy for two minutes. Locating the enemy machineguns on a knoll 200 yards away, he ordered two squads to cover him and led his men down an irrigation ditch, running a gauntlet of intense machinegun fire, which wounded four of his men. While the Germans hurled grenades at the ditch, he stood his ground until his squad caught up with him, then advanced alone, a distance of 40 yards, under a hail of both enemy and friendly fire, to the first machinegun and knocked it out with a single short burst. Then he made his way toward the second machinegun, 25 yards distant, whose two-man crew swung the machinegun around and fired two bursts at him, but he walked calmly through the fire and dispatched the crew. Signaling his men to rush the rifle pits, he then walked 35 yards further to kill an enemy rifleman and returned to lead his squad in the destruction of the eight remaining Germans in the strong point.



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