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Eric Gunnar Gibson

 

TAPS

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.

Nora Cemetery

 

Born:  October 03, 1919 at Nysund, Sweden

Entered Service in the US Army from Chicago, IL

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism January 28, 1944 at Isola Bella, Italy

Died:  January 28, 1944 at the age of 24

Technician 5th Grade Gibson, company cook, led replacements in destroying four enemy positions, killing five and capturing two Germans. Fifty yards in front of his men, Gibson advanced as an enemy soldier allowed him to come within 20 yards of his concealed position before opening fire. Despite the stream of bullets Gibson charged the position and fired pointblank at his opponent, killing him. An artillery concentration fell around him and the concussion from one shell knocked him flat. Two soldiers from a position 75 yards distant fired on him as he regained his feet. Gibson raced toward the foe and killed one and captured the other. Later, when fired upon by a machinegun 200 yards away, Gibson crawled back to his squad and ordered it to lay down a base of fire while he flanked the emplacement. He crawled 125 yards through artillery and the cross fire of two machineguns, threw two grenades into the emplacement and charged it, killing two of the enemy and capturing a third. Leading his men around a bend in the stream, Gibson went forward alone to reconnoiter. Hearing an exchange of enemy gun fire, his squad went forward to find that its leader had run 35 yards toward an outpost, killed the enemy, and had himself been killed while firing at the Germans.

 

 

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