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: January 13, 1923 at
Entered Service in the US
Army from Ypsilanti, MI
22, 1945 at the age of 22
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism April 22,
1945 at Zambales Mountains, Luzon, Philippine Islands
Class Thomas was a member of the leading squad of an infantry
company which was attacking along a narrow, wooded ridge. The
enemy was strongly entrenched in camouflaged emplacements on the
hill beyond and directed heavy fire and hurled explosive charges
on the attacking riflemen. Private First Class Thomas, an
automatic rifleman, was struck by one of these charges, which
blew off both his legs below the knees. He refused medical aid
and evacuation, and continued to fire at the enemy until his
weapon was put out of action by an enemy bullet. Still refusing
aid, he threw his last two grenades. He destroyed three of the
enemy after suffering the wounds from which he died later that
day. The effective fire of Private First Class Thomas prevented
the repulse of his platoon and assured the capture of the