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John W. Dutko

 

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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.

Beverly National Cemetery
  DS-1  

Born:  October 24, 1916 at Dilltown, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Riverside, NJ

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 23, 1944 at Ponte Rotto, Italy

Died:  May 23, 1944 at the age of 27

Near Ponte Rotto, Italy, Private First Class Dutko left the cover of an abandoned enemy trench at the height of an artillery concentration in a single-handed attack upon three machineguns and an 88mm mobile gun. Despite the intense fire of these four weapons which were aimed directly at him, PFC Dutko ran 100 yards through the impact area and continued his one-man assault. Although machinegun bullets kicked up the dirt at his heels, and 88mm. Shells exploded within 30 yards of him, PFC Dutko made his way to a point within 30 yards of the first enemy machinegun and killed both gunners with a hand grenade. Although the second machinegun wounded him, knocking him to the ground, PFC Dutko regained his feet and advanced on the 88mm. Gun, firing his automatic rifle from the hip. When he came within ten yards of this weapon he killed its five-man crew. Wheeling on the machinegun which had wounded him, PFC Dutko killed the gunner and his assistant. The third German machinegun fired on him from a position 20 yards distant wounding him a second time as he proceeded toward the enemy weapon in a half run. He killed both members of its crew with a single burst from his Browning automatic rifle, continued toward the gun and died, his body falling across the dead German crew.

 

 

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