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James I. Mestrovitch

 

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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.

Sveti Jovan Church Cemetery

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Born:  May 22, 1894 at Crna Gora, Yugoslavia

Entered Service in the US Army from Pittsburgh, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism August 10, 1918 at Fismette, France

Died:  November 04, 1918

Sergeant Mestrovitch earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Fismette, France, during intense assaults upon enemy positions. Seeing his company commander lying wounded 30 yards in front of the line after his company had withdrawn to a sheltered position behind a stone wall, Sergeant Mestrovitch voluntarily left cover and crawled through heavy machinegun and shell fire to where the officer lay. He took the officer upon his back and crawled to a place of safety, where he administered first-aid treatment, his exceptional heroism saving the officer's life. After surviving numerous combat actions, Sergeant Mestrovich died a victim of the influenza epidemic.

 

 

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