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Thomas Joseph McMahon

 

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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.

Mount Hope Cemetery

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Born:  June 24, 1948 at Washington, DC

Entered Service in the US Army from Portland, ME

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism March 19, 1969 at Quang Tin Province, Vietnam

Died:  March 19, 1969 at the age of 20

Specialist Fourth Class McMahon was serving as medical aid man when the lead elements of his company came under heavy fire from well-fortified enemy positions. Three soldiers fell seriously wounded and Specialist Fourth Class McMahon, with complete disregard for his safety, left his covered position and ran through intense enemy fire to the side of one of the wounded, administered first aid and then carried him to safety. He returned through the hail of fire to the side of a second wounded man. Although painfully wounded by an exploding mortar round while returning the wounded man to a secure position, Specialist Fourth Class McMahon refused medical attention and heroically ran back through the heavy enemy fire toward his remaining wounded comrade. He fell mortally wounded before he could rescue the last man.

 

 

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