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Richard William O'Neill



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.

Gate of Heaven Cemetery

Born:  August 28, 1898 at New York, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism July 30, 1918 at Ourcq River, France

Died:  April 09, 1982 at the age of 83

Sergeant O'Neill earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near the Ourcq River, France, during intense assaults upon enemy positions. In advance of an assaulting line, he attacked a detachment of about 25 of the enemy. In the ensuing hand-to-hand encounter he sustained pistol wounds, but heroically continued in the advance, during which he received additional wounds; but, with great physical effort, he remained in active command of his detachment. Being again wounded, he was forced by weakness and loss of blood to be evacuated, but insisted upon being taken first to the battalion commander in order to transmit to him valuable information relative to enemy positions and the disposition of our men.



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