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Stephen Edward Karopczyc

 

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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.

Long Island National Cemetery
  DSS-5-A  

 

Born:  March 05, 1944 at New York, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Bethpage, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism March 12, 1967 at Kontum Province, Vietnam

Died:  March 12, 1967 at the age of 23

On a flanking maneuver against a superior enemy force, First Lieutenant Karopczyc saw that his lead element was engaged with a small enemy unit along his route. He dashed through intense enemy fire and hurled smoke grenades to mark the foe for attack by gunships. His leadership quickened the advance, forced the enemy to retreat, and allowed his unit to close with the main hostile force. Continuing the deployment of his platoon, he constantly exposed himself as he ran from man to man to give encouragement and to direct their efforts. A shot from an enemy sniper struck him above the heart but he refused aid for this serious injury, plugging the bleeding wound with his finger until it could be properly dressed. As the enemy strength mounted, he ordered his men to organize a defensive position in some abandoned bunkers. After several hours, a North Vietnamese soldier hurled a hand grenade to within a few feet of him and two other wounded men. Although his position protected him, he leaped up to cover the deadly grenade with a steel helmet. It exploded to drive fragments into his legs, but his action prevented further injury to the two wounded men. He continued to direct the actions of his men until he succumbed two hours later.

 

 

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