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: March 19, 1915 at
Fort Sam Houston, TX
Entered Service in the US
Army from San Antonio, TX
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 11,
at Carentan, France
September 18, 1944 at the age of 29
Colonel Cole was personally leading his battalion in forcing the
last four bridges on the road to Carentan when his entire unit
was suddenly pinned to the ground by intense and withering enemy
rifle, machinegun, mortar, and artillery fire placed upon them
from well-prepared and heavily fortified positions within 150
yards of the foremost elements. After the devastating and
unceasing enemy fire had for over one hour prevented any move
and inflicted numerous casualties, Lieutenant Colonel Cole,
observing this almost hopeless situation, courageously issued
orders to assault the enemy positions with fixed bayonets. With
utter disregard for his own safety and completely ignoring the
enemy fire, he rose to his feet in front of his battalion and
with drawn pistol shouted to his men to follow him in the
assault. Catching up a fallen man's rifle and bayonet, he
charged on and led the remnants of his battalion across the
bullet-swept open ground and into the enemy position. His heroic
and valiant action in so inspiring his men resulted in the
complete establishment of our bridgehead across the Douve River.