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Frank Joseph Petrarca

 

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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.

Calvary Cemetery
  110-1268-3 

Born:  July 31, 1918 at Cleveland, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from Cleveland, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 27, 1943 at Horseshoe Hill, New Georgia, SI, Pacific Ocean

Died:  July 31, 1943 at the age of 24

Private First Class Petrarca advanced with the leading troops to within 100 yards of the enemy fortifications where mortar and small-arms fire caused a number of casualties. Singling out the most seriously wounded, he worked his way to the aid of Private First Class Scott, lying within 75 yards of the enemy, whose wounds were so serious that he could not be moved out of the direct line of fire. PFC Petrarca administered first aid to PFC Scott and two other soldiers and shielded the former until his death. On July 29, during an intense mortar barrage, he went to the aid of his sergeant who had been partly buried in a foxhole by a shell explosion, dug him out, restored him to consciousness and caused his evacuation. On July 31 he went to the aid of a casualty where his path over the crest of a hill exposed him to enemy observation from only 20 yards distant. A target for intense knee mortar and automatic fire, he worked his way to within two yards of his objective where he was mortally wounded by hostile mortar fire. Even on the threshold of death he continued to display valor and contempt for the foe. Raising himself to his knees, he shouted defiance at the enemy, made a last attempt to reach his wounded comrade, and fell dead.

 

 

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