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Thomas Patrick Noonan, Jr.

 

TAPS

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.

1st Calvary Cemetery

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Born:  November 18, 1943 at Brooklyn, NY

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Brooklyn, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism February 05, 1969 at Vandergrift Combat Base, A Shau Valley, Vietnam

Died:  February 05, 1969 at the age of 25

Lance Corporal Noonan's company moved from a position they had been holding southeast of the Vandergrift Combat Base to an alternate location. As the Marines commenced a slow and difficult descent down the side of a hill made extremely slippery by heavy rains, the leading element came under a heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit occupying concealed positions in the rocky terrain. Four men were wounded, and repeated attempts to recover them failed. Lance Corporal Noonan moved from his position of relative security and, maneuvering down the treacherous slope to a location near the injured men, took cover behind some rocks. Shouting words of encouragement them to restore their confidence, he dashed across the hazardous terrain and dragged the most seriously wounded man away from the fire-swept area. Although wounded and knocked to the ground by an enemy round, he recovered rapidly and resumed dragging the man toward the marginal security of a rock. He was mortally wounded before he could reach his destination, but his heroic actions inspired his fellow Marines to such aggressiveness that they initiated a spirited assault which forced the enemy soldiers to withdraw.

 

 

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