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Albert Leroy David



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.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery

Born:  July 18, 1902 at Maryville, MO

Entered Service in the US Navy from Missouri

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 04, 1944 at French West Africa

Died:  September 17, 1945 at the age of 43

*Commander David died of natural causes one year after his Medal of Honor action, but before his award was presented.  It was therefore, a posthumous presentation.

Lieutenant (j.g.) David was attached to the U.S.S. Pillsbury during the capture of an enemy German submarine off the coast of French West Africa. Taking a vigorous part in the skillfully coordinated attack on the German U-505 which climaxed a prolonged search by the Task Group, Lieutenant (then Lieutenant j.g.) David boldly led a party from the Pillsbury in boarding the hostile submarine as it circled erratically at five or six knots on the surface. Fully aware that the U-boat might momentarily sink or be blown up by exploding demolition and scuttling charges, he braved the added danger of enemy gunfire to plunge through the conning tower hatch and, with his small party, exerted every effort to keep the ship afloat and to assist the succeeding and more fully equipped salvage parties in making the U-505 seaworthy for the long tow across the Atlantic to a U.S. port.



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