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Carl Vernon Sheridan

 

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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.

Druid Ridge Cemetery

Born:  January 05, 1925 at Baltimore, MD

Entered Service in the US Army from Baltimore, MD

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism November 26, 1944 at Frenzenberg Castle, Weiweiler, Germany

Died:  November 26, 1944 at the age of 19

After an advance of 1,000 yards Private First Class Sheridan's company captured two buildings in the courtyard of Frenzenberg Castle but was left only 35 men. Acting as a bazooka gunner, PFC Sheridan had braved enemy fire to stop and procure the additional rockets carried by his ammunition bearer who was wounded. Upon rejoining his company he found it in a fight with approximately 70 enemy paratroopers occupying the gate house. The solidly built castle was surrounded by a water-filled moat 20 feet wide and the only approach was across the courtyard and over a drawbridge leading to a barricaded oaken door. PFC Sheridan, realizing that his bazooka was the only available weapon with sufficient power to penetrate the heavy oak planking, crossed the courtyard where brought direct fire against the door. Handicapped by the lack of an assistant and under constant fire, he placed two well-aimed rockets into the structure. Seeing that the door was only weakened, he loaded his last rocket, took careful aim, and blasted a hole through the heavy planks. Turning to his company he shouted, "Come on, let's get them!" With his .45 pistol blazing, he charged into the gaping entrance and was killed by the withering fire that met him.

 

 

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