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Charles William Shea

 

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.

Long Island National Cemetery
  DSS-71-A  

Born:  August 24, 1921 at Bronx County, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 12, 1944 at Mount Damiano, Italy

Died:  April 07, 1994 at the age of 72

As Second Lieutenant Shea and his company were advancing toward a hill occupied by the enemy near Mount Damiano, Italy, three enemy machineguns suddenly opened fire, inflicting heavy casualties upon the company and halting its advance. Second Lieutenant Shea immediately moved forward to eliminate these machinegun nests in order to enable his company to continue its attack. The deadly hail of machinegun fire at first pinned him down, but, boldly continuing his advance, Second Lieutenant Shea crept up to the first nest. Throwing several hand grenades, he forced the four enemy soldiers manning this position to surrender, and disarming them, he sent them to the rear. He then crawled to the second machinegun position, and after a short fire fight forced two more German soldiers to surrender. At this time, the third machinegun fired at him, and while deadly small arms fire pitted the earth around him, Second Lieutenant Shea crawled toward the nest. Suddenly he stood up and rushed the emplacement and with well-directed fire from his rifle, he killed all three of the enemy machine gunners.

 

 

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