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.
at New York, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army from Cornwall, NY
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 23,
1944 at Afua, New Guinea
Lieutenant Boyce's troop, having been ordered to the relief of
another unit surrounded by superior enemy forces, moved out, and
upon gaining contact with the enemy, the two leading platoons
deployed and built up a firing line. Second Lieutenant Boyce was
ordered to attack with his platoon and make the main effort on
the right of the troop. He launched his attack but after a short
advance encountered such intense rifle, machinegun, and mortar
fire that the forward movement of his platoon was temporarily
halted. A shallow depression offered a route of advance and he
worked his squad up this avenue of approach in order to close
with the enemy. He was promptly met by a volley of hand
grenades, one falling between himself and the men immediately
following. Realizing at once that the explosion would kill or
wound several of his men, he promptly threw himself upon the
grenade and smothered the blast with his own body.