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William Edward Metzger, Jr.



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.

Woodlawn Cemetery

Born:  February 09, 1922 at Lima, OH

Entered Service in the US Army Air Corps from Lima, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism November 09, 1944 at Saarbrucken, Germany

Died:  November 09, 1944 at the age of 22

Second Lieutenant Metzger was copilot of a B-17 damaged to the point of imminent explosion over Saarbrucken, Germany on November 9, 1944. Three engines were on fire, the engineer was wounded and the radio operator's arm severed. After releasing their bombs on target, Lieutenant Metzger and his pilot decided to fly the flaming bomber to friendly territory and crash land. When friendly land was reached, all crew members except for the unconscious radio operator, were ordered to bail out. With only one engine functioning and the aircraft in flames, the pilot and Lieutenant Metzger then attempted a crash landing. As the aircraft banked toward a field it exploded in mid-air, killing all aboard. 
(NOTES: Lieutenant Metzger's pilot was First Lieutenant Donald Joseph Gott, who also received the Medal of Honor for this action.)



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