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Ted T. Tanouye



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.

Evergreen Cemetery

Born:  November 15, 1919 at Torrance, CA

Entered Service in the US Army from Fort MacArthur, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 7, 1944 at Molina A. Ventoabbto, Italy

Died:  September 6, 1944 at the age of 24

Technical Sergeant Tanouye led his platoon in an attack to capture the crest of a strategically important hill that afforded little cover. Observing an enemy machine gun crew placing its gun to his left front, Sergeant Tanouye crept forward a few yards and opened fire, killing or wounding three and causing two others to disperse. An enemy machine pistol opened fire on him but he returned fire and killed or wounded three more enemy. Advancing forward, he was hit by grenade bursts which wounded his left arm. Sighting an enemy-held trench, he raked it with fire from his submachine gun and wounded several of the enemy. Running out of ammunition, he crawled 20 yards to get several clips from a comrade on his left flank. Sighting an enemy machine pistol that had pinned down his men, he crawled forward and threw a hand grenade into the position. He then located another enemy machine gun firing down the slope of the hill, opened fire on it, and silenced that position. Drawing fire from a machine pistol nest located above him, he opened fire on it and wounded three of its occupants. Finally taking his objective, Technical Sergeant Tanouye organized a defensive position on the reverse slope of the hill before accepting first aid treatment and evacuation.



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