Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
Born: April 24, 1919 at
Entered Service in the US
Army from Carney's Point, NJ
21, 1944 at the age of 25
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism December
21, 1944 at Leyte, Philippine Islands
When a rifle
platoon supporting a light tank hesitated in its advance,
Private First Class Benjamin voluntarily and with utter
disregard for personal safety left his comparatively secure
position and ran across bullet-whipped terrain to the tank,
waving and shouting to the men of the platoon to follow.
Carrying his bulky radio and armed only with a pistol, he
fearlessly penetrated intense machinegun and rifle fire to the
enemy position, where he killed one of the enemy in a foxhole
and moved on to annihilate the crew of a light machinegun.
Heedless of the terrific fire now concentrated on him, he
continued to spearhead the assault, killing two more of the
enemy and exhorting the other men to advance, until he fell
mortally wounded. After being evacuated to an aid station, his
first thought was still of the American advance. Overcoming
great pain he called for the battalion operations officer to
report the location of enemy weapons and valuable tactical
information he had secured in his heroic charge.