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Baldomero Lopez



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.

Centro Asturiano Memorial Park

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Born:  August 23, 1925 at Tampa, FL

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Tampa, FL

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism September 15, 1950 at Inchon, Korea

Died:  September 15, 1950 at the age of 25

First Lieutenant Lopez and his platoon were engaged in the reduction of immediate enemy beach defenses after landing with the assault waves during the Inchon invasion in Korea. Exposing himself to hostile fire, he moved forward alongside a bunker and prepared to throw a hand grenade into the next pillbox whose fire was pinning down that sector of the beach. Taken under fire by an enemy automatic weapon and hit in the right shoulder and chest as he lifted his arm to throw, he fell backward and dropped the deadly missile. After a moment he turned and dragged his body forward in an effort to retrieve the grenade and throw it. In critical condition from pain and loss of blood, and unable to grasp the hand grenade firmly enough to hurl it, he chose to sacrifice himself rather than endanger the lives of his men and, with a sweeping motion of his wounded right arm, cradled the grenade under him and absorbed the full impact of the explosion.



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