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: October 29, 1913 at
Spring City, PA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Spring City, PA
14, 1944 at the age of 30
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism September
at Brest, Brittany, France
Hallman's battalion was attacking the fortified city of Brest
when it was held up by a strongly defended enemy position which
had turned back repeated Allied attacks over a three-day period.
Hallman's company advanced to within several hundred yards of
the enemy position but was again halted by intense fire.
Realizing that the position must be neutralized without delay,
Staff Sergeant Hallman ordered his squad to cover his movements
with fire while he advanced alone to a point from which he could
make the assault. Without hesitating he leaped over a hedgerow
into a sunken road, the central point of the German defenses
which was known to contain an enemy machinegun position and at
least 30 enemy riflemen. Firing his carbine and hurling
grenades, unassisted, he killed or wounded four of the enemy and
ordered the remainder to surrender. Immediately, 12 of the enemy
surrendered and the position was secured by the remainder of his
company. Seeing this about 75 additional enemy in the vicinity
surrendered. This single heroic act on the part of Staff
Sergeant Hallman resulted in the immediate advance of the entire
battalion for a distance of 2,000 yards to a position from which
Fort Keranroux was captured later the same day.