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Paul Luther Bolden

 

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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.

Moons Cemetery

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Born:  June 15, 1922 at Hobbes Island, AL

Entered Service in the US Army from Madison, AL

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism December 23, 1944 at Petit-Coo, Belgium

Died:  May 21, 1979 at the age of 56

When his company was pinned down by extremely heavy automatic and small-arms fire coming from a house 200 yards to the front Staff Sergeant Bolden and a comrade, on their own initiative, moved into a hail of bullets to eliminate the German position. Crawling ahead to close with the armed, vastly superior force, the pair reached the house and took up assault positions, Staff Sergeant Bolden under a window, his comrade across the street to deliver covering fire. In rapid succession, he hurled a fragmentation and a white phosphorous grenade into the building; and then, fully realizing that he faced tremendous odds, rushed to the door, threw it open and fired into 35 SS troopers who were trying to reorganize themselves. Twenty Germans died under fire of his submachine gun before he was struck in the shoulder, chest, and stomach by part of a burst which killed his comrade across the street. He withdrew from the house, waiting for the surviving Germans to come out and surrender. When none appeared in the doorway, he summoned his ebbing strength, overcame the extreme pain he suffered and boldly walked back into the house, firing as he went. He had killed the remaining 15 enemy soldiers when his ammunition ran out.

 

 

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