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Ray Palmer himself joined the troops in this hurried, ill planned, uphill counterattack. Mounted in miserable wet, foggy weather against very strong enemy positions in the ruins atop Hill 902, it had not the slightest chance of success. Scores of men in D company ECB and E Company 2/8 were lost, including Private First Class Melvin L. Brown, who, on September 4th though mortally wounded, heroically stood at his post  to win a posthumous Medal of Honor. During this futile fight the engineers incurred 50 percent casualties, including D Company commander John T. Kennedy, who was wounded and evacuated.[9-66]

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