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Aquilla James Dyess



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.

Westover Memorial Park

Born:  January 11, 1909 at Augusta, GA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Georgia

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February 01 & 02, 1944 at Namur Island, Kwajalein Atol, Marshall Islands

Died:  February 02, 1944 at the age of 35

Lieutenant Colonel Dyess was Commanding Officer of a Marine battalion in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. Undaunted by severe fire from automatic Japanese weapons, Lieutenant Colonel Dyess launched a powerful final attack on the second day of the assault, unhesitatingly posting himself between the opposing lines to point out objectives and avenues of approach and personally leading the advancing troops. Alert, and determined to quicken the pace of the offensive against increased enemy fire, he was constantly at the head of advance units, inspiring his men to push forward until the Japanese had been driven back to a small center of resistance and victory assured. While standing on the parapet of an antitank trench directing a group of infantry in a flanking attack against the last enemy position, Lieutenant Colonel Dyess was killed by a burst of enemy machinegun fire.



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