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 Olney, TX
Entered Service in the US
Army from Lamesa, TX
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism September
at Mount Altuzzo, Italy
fighting Staff Sergeant Keathley's company advanced within 50
yards of the objective. The enemy launched three counterattacks
in which all officers and noncommissioned officers of two
platoons became casualties, and Staff Sergeant Keathley moved up
and assumed command of both, reduced to 20 men. Low on
ammunition, Keathley crawled from one casualty to another,
collecting ammunition and administering first aid. The enemy
launched a fourth counterattack. In a furious charge they
attacked from the front and both flanks, throwing grenades,
firing automatic weapons, and assisted by a mortar barrage. Time
after time the enemy tried to drive a wedge into Sergeant
Keathley's position and each time they were driven back,
suffering huge casualties. An enemy grenade hit and exploded
near Sergeant Keathley, inflicting a mortal wound in his left
side. Hurling defiance at the enemy, he rose to his feet. Taking
his left hand away from his wound and using it to steady his
rifle, he fired and killed an attacking enemy soldier, and
continued shouting orders to his men. For 15 minutes Staff
Sergeant Keathley continued leading his men and effectively
firing his rifle. Hours later he died of his numerous wounds.