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: July 01, 1917 at
Low Moor, VA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Richmond, VA
Died: June 06, 1944 at the age of 26
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 06,
Monteith landed with the initial assault waves on the coast of
France under heavy enemy fire. Without regard to his own safety
he moved up and down the beach reorganizing men for further
assault. He led the assault over a narrow protective ledge and
across the flat, exposed terrain to the comparative safety of a
cliff. Retracing his steps across the field to the beach, he
moved over to where two tanks were buttoned up and blind under
violent enemy artillery and machinegun fire. Completely exposed
to the intense fire, First Lieutenant Monteith led the tanks on
foot through a minefield and into firing positions. Under his
direction several enemy positions were destroyed. He then
rejoined his company and under his leadership his men captured
an advantageous position on the hill. Supervising the defense of
his newly won position against repeated vicious counterattacks,
he continued to ignore his own personal safety, repeatedly
crossing the 200 or 300 yards of open terrain under heavy fire
to strengthen links in his defensive chain. When the enemy
succeeded in completely surrounding First Lieutenant Monteith
and his unit and while leading the fight out of the situation,
First Lieutenant Monteith was killed by enemy fire.