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Junior Dean Edwards



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.

I.O.O.F. Cemetery

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Born:  October 07, 1926 at Indianola, IA

Entered Service in the US Army from Indianola, IA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism January 02, 1951 at Changbong-ni, Korea

Died:  January 02, 1951 at the age of 24

Sergeant First Class Edward's platoon was assisting in the defense of a strategic hill in Korea when the unit was forced out of position by the vicious raking fire of an enemy machinegun set up on adjacent high ground, SFC Edwards individually charged the hostile emplacement, throwing grenades as he advanced. His attack caused the enemy to withdraw, but they returned to deliver devastating fire when Edwards ran out of ammunition. Securing a fresh supply of grenades, SFC Edwards again charged the emplacement, neutralizing the weapon and killing the crew. Again however, he was forced back by other hostile small-arms fire. When the enemy emplaced another machinegun and resumed fire, SFC Edwards renewed his supply of grenades, rushed a third time through a vicious hail of fire, silenced this second gun and annihilated its crew. In this third daring assault he was mortally wounded but his indomitable courage and successful action enabled his platoon to regain and hold the vital strongpoint.



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