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Ralph Talbot



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.

Mount Wollaston Cemetery

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Born:  January 06, 1897 at South weymouth, MA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Connecticut

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism October 8 & 14, 1918 at In the Air over France

Died:  October 25, 1918 at the age of 21

Second Lieutenant Talbot earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in the air during campaigns in France. He participated in numerous air raids into enemy territory. While on such a raid, he was attacked by nine enemy scouts, and in the fight that followed shot down an enemy plane. Later, while on a raid over Pittham, Belgium, Second Lieutenant Talbot and another plane became detached from the formation on account of motor trouble and were attacked by 12 enemy scouts. During the severe fight that followed, his plane shot down one of the enemy scouts. His observer, Gunnery Sergeant Robert Robinson, was shot through the elbow and his gun jammed. Second Lieutenant Talbot maneuvered to gain time for his observer to clear the jam with one hand, and then returned to the fight. The observer fought until shot twice, once in the stomach and once in the hip and then collapsed, Second Lieutenant Talbot attacked the nearest enemy scout with his front guns and shot him down. With his observer unconscious and his motor failing, he dived to escape the balance of the enemy and crossed the German trenches at an altitude of 50 feet, landing at the nearest hospital to leave his observer, and then returning to his aerodrome.



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