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Matt Louis Urban

 

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.

Memorial

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Matt Urban is Buried At
 Arlington National Cemetery

BORN:  August 25, 1919 at Buffalo, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Fort Bragg, NC

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on June 14 - September 03, 1944 at France and Belgium, France

DIED:  March 04, 1995 at the age of 75

Captain Urban led his men in repeated attacks in the months following the D-Day invasion at Normandy. On June 14 he brazenly exposed himself to enemy fire and, firing a bazooka, destroyed two tanks. Later that same day he was wounded in the leg but refused evacuation and continued to lead his men. The following day he was twice severely wounded, but again refused evacuation until his company's attack has been successfully completed. Sent to England for treatment of his multiple wounds, and hearing of severe losses by his company, Captain Urban without authorization left the hospital and hitchhiked to his unit, now engaged near Saint-Lo, France, and held up enemy positions after two supporting tanks had been stopped. One tank was destroyed, the other devoid of a commander, and Captain Urban though limping from his unhealed wounds, located a tank lieutenant and directed a renewed assault. When the lieutenant and a sergeant were killed, Urban dashed through a hail of fire to mount the tank, man its machinegun, and route the enemy. Later, when wounded in the neck and unable to speak above a whisper, Captain Urban refused evacuation until the enemy had been routed near an important crossing on the Meuse River.

 

 

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