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Seymour W. Terry

 

TAPS

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.

Roselawn Cemetery

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Born:  December 11, 1918 at Little Rock, AR

Entered Service in the US Army from Little Rock, AR

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 11, 1945 at Zebra Hill, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands

Died:  May 11, 1945 at the age of 26

First Lieutenant Terry was leading an attack against heavily defended Zebra Hill when fire from five pillboxes halted the advance. He braved the hail of bullets to secure satchel charges and white phosphorus grenades, then ran 30 yards directly at the enemy with an ignited charge, demolished the first stronghold, and moved to the other pillboxes, bombarding them with grenades and cutting down their defenders with rifle fire as they attempted to escape. When he finished this job by sealing the four pillboxes with explosives, he had killed 20 Japanese and destroyed three machineguns. The advance was again held up by an intense grenade barrage which inflicted several casualties. Locating the enemy in trenches on the reverse slope Lieutenant Terry, with six satchel charges launched a one-man assault. He wrecked the enemy's defenses and killed ten more enemy. Pressing toward a nearby ridge, his two platoons were stopped by machinegun and mortar fire. He fearlessly ran across 100 yards of fire-swept terrain to the support platoon and urged it on in a flanking maneuver. He then began another one-man drive, hurling grenades until the enemy fled in confusion, leaving five dead behind. He was later mortally wounded by the burst of an enemy mortar shell.

 

 

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