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Arthur Frederick DeFranzo



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.

Riverside Cemetery

Born:  March 20, 1919 at Saugus, MA

Entered Service in the US Army from Saugus, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 10, 1944 at Vaubadon, France

Died:  June 10, 1944 at the age of 25

As scouts were advancing across an open field near Vaubadon, France, the enemy suddenly opened fire with several machineguns and hit one of the men. Staff Sergeant DeFranzo courageously moved in the open to the aid of the wounded scout and was himself wounded but brought the man to safety. Refusing aid, he reentered the open field and led the advance upon the enemy. There were always at least two machineguns bringing unrelenting fire upon him, but Staff Sergeant DeFranzo kept going forward, firing into the enemy and one-by-one the enemy emplacements became silent. He was again wounded, but continued on until he was within 100 yards of the enemy position and even as he fell, he kept firing his rifle and waving his men forward. When his company came up behind him, Staff Sergeant DeFranzo, despite his many severe wounds, raised himself and once more moved forward in the lead of his men until he was again hit by enemy fire. In a final gesture of indomitable courage, he threw several grenades at the enemy machinegun position and completely destroyed the gun. In this action he lost his life.



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