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William Adolph Soderman

 

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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.

Oak Grove Cemetery

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Born:  March 20, 1912 at West Haven, CT

Entered Service in the US Army from West Haven, CT

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism December 17, 1944 at Rocherath, Belgium

Died:  October 20, 1980 at the age of 68

After a heavy artillery barrage had wounded and forced the withdrawal of his assistant, Private First Class Soderman heard enemy tanks approaching the position where he calmly waited in gathering darkness until the five Mark V tanks were within pointblank range. He then stood up and launched a rocket into the lead tank, setting it afire and forcing its crew to abandon it as the other tanks pressed on before he could reload. He remained at his post all night under severe artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire, awaiting the next onslaught, which was made shortly after dawn by five more tanks Running along a ditch to meet them, he leaped to the road in full view of the tank gunners, aimed his weapon and disabled the lead tank. The other vehicles, thwarted by a deep ditch in their attempt to go around the crippled machine, withdrew. Returning to his post PFC Soderman killed at least three Germans and wounded several others. Orders were issued for withdrawal to an assembly area, where PFC Soderman was located when he once more heard enemy tanks approaching. Once more he disabled the lead tank with his last rocket before machinegun bullets from the tank ripped into his right shoulder. Unarmed and wounded he dragged himself to the American lines and was evacuated.

 

 

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