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Jack Warren Mathis



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.

Fairmount Cemetery


Born:  September 25, 1921 at San Angelo, TX

Entered Service in the US Army Air Corps from San Angelo, TX

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism March 18, 1943 at Vegesack, Germany

Died:  March 18, 1943 at the age of 21

First Lieutenant Mathis was the lead bombardier of his B-17 squadron over Vegesack, Germany on March 18, 1943. He was starting his bomb run, on which the entire squadron depended for accurate bombing, when antiaircraft fire shattered his right arm above the elbow, tore a large wound in his side and abdomen, and knocked him from his bomb sight. Realizing that the success of the mission depended on him, Lieutenant Mathis, by sheer determination and will power, though mortally wounded, dragged himself back to his sights, released his bombs, then died at his post of duty. As a result, his squadron was able to place bombs directly on the assigned target.



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