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Dwite H. Schaffner

 

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.

Rose Hill Cemetery



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Born:  November 05, 1889 at Arroya, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Falls Creek, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism September 28, 1918 at St. Hubert's Pavillion, Boureuilles, France

Died:  November 22, 1955 at the age of 66

First Lieutenant Schaffner led his men in an attack on St. Hubert's Pavilion through enemy machinegun, rifle, and artillery fire and drove the enemy from an entrenched position after hand-to-hand fighting. His company's position being exposed to enemy fire from both flanks, he then made three efforts to locate an enemy machinegun which had caused heavy casualties. On his third reconnaissance he discovered the gun position and personally silenced it, killing or wounding the crew. The third counterattack made by the enemy was initiated by a small detachment in advance of the enemy attacking wave. When almost within reach of the American line the enemy appeared behind them, attacking vigorously and causing heavy casualties in the American platoon. First Lieutenant Schaffner mounted the parapet and used his pistol and grenades to kill a number of enemy soldiers, finally reaching the officer leading the attacking forces and mortally wounding him with his pistol. He dragged him back to the company's trench, securing from him valuable information as to the enemy's strength and position which enabled him to maintain for five hours the advanced position of his company despite the fact that it was surrounded on three sides by strong enemy forces.

 

 

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