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Raymond Zussman

 

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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.

The Machpelah Cemetery

Born:  July 23, 1917 at Hamtramck, MI

Entered Service in the US Army from Detroit, MI

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism September 12, 1944 at Noroy le Bourg, France

Died:  September 21, 1944 at the age of 27

Second Lieutenant Zussman was in command of two tanks operating with an infantry company in the attack on enemy forces occupying Noroy le Bourg, France. Throughout the ensuing action, armed only with a carbine, he reconnoitered alone on foot far in advance of one remaining tank and the infantry. Returning to designate targets, he directed the action of the tank and turned over to the infantry the numerous German soldiers he had caused to surrender. He located a road block and directed his tank to destroy it. Exposed to fire from enemy positions only 50 yards distant, he stood by his tank directing its fire. Three Germans were killed and eight surrendered. Again he lead his tank against an enemy-held group of houses, machinegun and small arms fire kicking up dust at his feet. The tank fire broke the resistance and 20 enemy surrendered. Going forward again he passed an enemy-occupied house from which Germans fired on him and threw grenades in his path. He signaled his tank to come up and fire and 11 Germans were killed and 15 surrendered. Disappearing around a street corner, the fire of his carbine could be heard and in a few minutes he reappeared driving 30 prisoners before him.

 

 

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