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William James Bordelon

 

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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.

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
  Disinterred in 1995  

New Gravesite
In Texas

 

Born:  December 25, 1920 at San Antonio, TX

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Texas

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism November 20, 1943 at Tarawa, Gilbert Islands

Died:  November 20, 1943 at the age of 22

*William Bordelon was exhumed from National Memorial of the Pacific Cemetery, Honolulu, HI in November 1995, and was the fifth person to lie in state at the Alamo shrine prior to final burial at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

Landing in the assault waves in action against the Japanese-held atoll of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands, and facing a withering enemy fire which killed all but four of the men in his tractor, Staff Sergeant Bordelon hurriedly made demolition charges and personally put two pillboxes out of action. Hit by enemy machinegun fire just as a charge exploded in his hand while assaulting a third position, he courageously remained in action and, although out of demolition, provided himself with a rifle and furnished fire coverage for a group of men scaling the seawall. Disregarding his own serious condition, he unhesitatingly went to the aid of one of his demolition men, wounded and calling for help in the water, rescuing this man and another who had been hit by enemy fire while attempting to make the rescue. Still refusing first aid for himself, he again made up demolition charges and single-handedly assaulted a fourth Japanese machinegun position but was instantly killed when caught in a final burst of fire from the enemy.

 

 

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