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Harold Ernest Goettler

 

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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.

Graceland Cemetery

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Born:  July 21, 1890 at Chicago, IL

Entered Service in the US Army Air Service from Chicago, IL

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism October 06, 1918 at In the Air near Binarville, France

Died:  October 06, 1918 at the age of 28

First Lieutenant Harold Goettler was pilot of a DF-4 aircraft in the 50th Aero Squadron. On October 6, 1918, Lieutenant Goettler and his observer Second Lieutenant Bleckley went on a second trip to drop supplies to a surrounded battalion in the Argonne Forest. Subjected on the first trip to violent enemy fire, they attempted now to fly still lower in order to deliver the supplies even more precisely. The plane was brought down by enemy ground fire, killing Lieutenant Goettler and Second Lieutenant Bleckley instantly. In the course of this mission, Lieutenant Goettler showed the highest possible devotion to duty, courage and valor. 
(Lieutenant Bleckley also received the Medal of Honor in this action, a heroic attempt to provide critical supplies to Major Charles Whittlesey and the men of the famed "Lost Battalion" of World War I.

 

 

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