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Frank Stanley Reasoner

 

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.

Greenwood Cemetery
 
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Born:  September 16, 1937 at Spokane, WA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Kellogg, ID

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism July 12, 1965 at Da Nang, Vietnam

Died:  July 12, 1965 at the age of 27

A reconnaissance patrol led by First Lieutenant Reasoner had penetrated heavily controlled enemy territory when it came under extremely heavy fire from an estimated 50 to 100 Viet Cong. Accompanying the advance party that consisted of five men, he deployed his men for an assault after the enemy opened fire from numerous concealed positions. Shouting encouragement and isolated from the main body, he organized a base of fire for an assault. Repeatedly exposing himself to the devastating attack he skillfully provided covering fire, killing at least two Viet Cong and effectively silencing an automatic weapons position in a valiant attempt to effect evacuation of a wounded man. As casualties began to mount his radio operator was wounded and First Lieutenant Reasoner immediately moved to his side and tended his wounds. When the radio operator was hit a second time while attempting to reach a covered position, running to his aid through the grazing machinegun fire Lieutenant Reasoner fell mortally wounded. His indomitable fighting spirit, valiant leadership and unflinching devotion to duty provided the inspiration that was to enable the patrol to complete its mission without further casualties.

 

 

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