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George John Hall



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.

St. Patrick's Cemetery

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Born:  January 09, 1920 at Stoneham, MA

Entered Service in the US Army from Boston, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 23, 1944 at Anzio, Italy

Died:  February 16, 1946 at the age of 26

Attacking across flat, open terrain under direct enemy observation, Staff Sergeant Hall's company was pinned down by grazing fire from three enemy machineguns and harassing sniper fire. Hall volunteered to eliminate these obstacles and, crawling along a plowed furrow through furious machinegun fire, made his way within hand grenade range of one of the enemy positions. He pounded the enemy with four hand grenades, and when the smoke had died away, discovered two dead Germans, while four of the enemy crawled back to our lines as prisoners. Discovering a quantity of German potato-masher grenades in the position, he engaged the second enemy nest in a deadly exchange. Each time he exposed himself to throw a grenade the Germans fired machinegun bursts at him. The vicious duel ended in Staff Sergeant Hall's favor with five of the enemy surrendered and five others dead. Turning to the third machinegun, he left his position and crawled along a furrow. As he neared his final objective, an enemy artillery concentration fell on the area, and his right leg was severed by a shellburst. With two enemy machineguns eliminated, his company was able to flank the third and continue its advance without incurring excessive casualties.



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