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Oscar Godfrey Johnson, Jr.



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.

Dewitt Cemetery

Born:  March 25, 1921 at Foster City, MI

Entered Service in the US Army from Foster City, MI

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism September 16 - 18, 1944 at Scarperia, Italy

Died:  May 13, 1998 at the age of 77

When the advance was stopped by heavy fire from Monticelli Ridge, Sergeant Johnson, a mortar gunner having expended his ammunition, assumed the duties of a rifleman. As leader of seven men he was ordered to establish a combat post 50 yards to the left of the company. Repeated counterattacks had by the afternoon killed or wounded all his men. Collecting weapons and ammunition from his fallen comrades, he held his position and inflicted heavy casualties upon the enemy. At night the enemy launched his heaviest attack putting his greatest pressure against the lone defender of the left flank. Sergeant Johnson stood erect and repulsed the attack with grenades and small arms fire. He remained awake and on the alert throughout the night, frustrating all attempts at infiltration. The next day 25 German soldiers surrendered to him. Two men, sent to reinforce him, were caught in a devastating barrage. Sergeant Johnson rushed to the shell hole where they lay half buried, covered their position, and assisted a Medical Corpsman in rendering aid. That night he secured their removal to the rear and remained on watch until his company was relieved. Twenty dead Germans were later found in front of his position.



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