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Melvin Earl Newlin



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.

Spring Hill Cemetery

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Born:  September 27, 1948 at Wellsville, OH

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Cleveland, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism July 03 & 04, 1967 at Quang Nam Province, Vietnam

Died:  July 04, 1967 at the age of 18

Private First Class Newlin, with four other Marines, was manning a key position on the perimeter of the Nong Son outpost when the enemy launched a savage assault, seriously wounding him and killing his comrades. Propping himself against his machinegun, he poured a stream of fire into the charging ranks. Though repeatedly hit by small-arms fire, he twice repelled enemy attempts to overrun his position. During the third attempt a grenade wounded him again and knocked him unconscious. The enemy, believing him dead, bypassed him and continued their assault on the main force. PFC Newlin regained consciousness, crawled back to his weapon, and brought it to bear on the rear of the enemy. Spotting other enemy attempting to bring a captured 106 recoilless weapon to bear on Marine positions, he shifted his fire, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy and preventing them from firing the captured weapon. He then shifted back to the primary enemy force, causing the enemy to stop their assault on the Marine bunkers and once again attack his position. Valiantly fighting off two more enemy assaults, he firmly held his ground until mortally wounded.



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