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Richard Thomas Shea, Jr.

 

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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.

Olive Branch Cemetery

 

Born:  January 03, 1927 at Portsmouth, VA

Entered Service in the US Army from Portsmouth, VA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism July 07 & 08, 1953 at Pork Chop Hill, Sokkogae, Korea

Died:  July 08, 1953 at the age of 26

First Lieutenant Shea was supervising reinforcement of defensive positions when the enemy attacked with great numerical superiority. Voluntarily proceeding to the area most threatened, he organized and led a counterattack and killed two hostile soldiers with his trench knife. Calmly moving among the men, checking positions, steadying and urging the troops to hold firm, he fought side by side with them through the night. At dawn the enemy made an attempt to overrun friendly elements. Charging forward to meet the challenge, Lieutenant Shea and his men drove back the hostile troops. Company G joined the defense on July 7, having lost key personnel through casualties. Integrating these troops into his unit, Shea rallied 20 men and again charged the enemy. Although wounded he refused evacuation and continued to lead the counterattack. When the assaulting element was pinned down he personally rushed the emplacement firing his carbine and lobbing grenades, neutralizing the weapon and killing three of the enemy. He directed a holding action throughout the night and the following morning. On 8 July, the enemy attacked again. Despite additional wounds, he launched a determined counterattack and was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy.

 

 

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