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Ben Louis Salomon

 

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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.

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

 

Born:  1914 at Milwaukee, WI

Entered Service in the US Army from Milwaukee, WI

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 7, 1944 at Marianas Islands in the Pacific.

Died:  July 7, 1944 at the age of 30

When two battalions were attacked by an overwhelming force of between 3,000 and 5,000 Japanese soldiers, the enemy penetrated the perimeter and inflicted overwhelming casualties. In the first minutes approximately 30 wounded soldiers walked, crawled or were carried into Captain Salomon's aid station. As the perimeter began to be overrun, it became increasingly difficult for Captain Salomon to work on the wounded. He saw a Japanese soldier bayoneting a wounded soldier lying near the tent. Firing from a squatting position, Captain Salomon quickly killed the enemy soldier. As he turned his attention back to the wounded, two more Japanese appeared in the front entrance of the tent. As these enemy soldiers were killed, four more crawled under the tent walls. Captain Salomon kicked the knife out of the hand of one, shot another and bayoneted a third. He butted the fourth enemy in the stomach and a wounded comrade shot and killed the enemy. Captain Salomon ordered the wounded to make their way back to the regimental aid station, while he attempted to hold off the enemy. After four men were killed while manning a machine gun, Captain Salomon took control of it. When his body was later found, 98 dead enemy soldiers were piled in front of his position.

 

 

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