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Morris E. Crain

 

TAPS

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.

Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery

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Born:  October 07, 1924 at Bandana, KY

Entered Service in the US Army from Paducah, KY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War  II For heroism March 13, 1945 at Haguenau, France

Died:  March 13, 1945 at the age of 20

Technical Sergeant Crain led his platoon against German forces during the struggle to enlarge the bridgehead across the Moder River. He spearheaded the platoon in killing 10 enemy soldiers, capturing 12 more and securing its objective. Despite heavy enemy fire, he moved among his men during the day, exhorting them to great efforts and encouraging them to stand firm. He carried ammunition and maintained contact with the command post, exposing himself to deadly enemy fire. At nightfall the enemy barrage became more intense and tanks entered to cover foot troops while they bombarded our positions with grenades and rockets. As buildings were blasted the Americans fell back from house to house. Sergeant Crain deployed a platoon which had been sent to his support and then rushed through murderous tank and small-arms fire to the foremost house, which was being defended by five of his men. With the enemy attacking from an adjoining room and a tank firing pointblank at the house, he ordered the men to withdraw while he remained to hold the position. Although shells were crashing through the walls and bullets were hitting all around him, he held his ground and with accurate fire from his submachine gun killed three Germans. He was killed when the building was destroyed by the enemy.

 

 

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