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Donald Joseph Gott



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.

Harmon Cemetery

Born:  June 03, 1923 at Arnett, OK

Entered Service in the US Army Air Corps from Arnett, OK

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism November 09, 1944 at Saarbrucken, Germany

Died:  November 09, 1944 at the age of 21

First Lieutenant Gott was pilot of a B-17 damaged to the point of imminent explosion over Saarbrucken, Germany on November 9, 1944. Three engines were on fire, the engineer was wounded and the radio operator's arm severed. After releasing their bombs on target, Lieutenant Gott and his copilot decided to fly the flaming bomber to friendly territory and crash land. When friendly land was reached, all crew members except for the unconscious radio operator, were ordered to bail out. The copilot chose to remain with Lieutenant Gott to help in the crash landing. With only one engine functioning and in intense flames, the aircraft banked toward a field but exploded in mid-air, crashed and disintegrated killing all onboard. 
(NOTES: Lieutenant Gott's copilot was Second Lieutenant William Metzger, who also received the Medal of Honor for this action.)



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