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: 1892 at Dorchester,
Entered Service in the US
Army from Garden City, NY
27, 1918 at the age of 26
The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism September
27, 1918 at Ronssoy, France
Lieutenant Turner earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near
Ronssoy, France, during intense assaults upon enemy positions.
He led a small group of men to the attack, under terrific
artillery and machinegun fire, after they had become separated
from the rest of the company in the darkness. Single-handed he
rushed an enemy machinegun which had suddenly opened fire on his
group and killed the crew with his pistol. He then pressed
forward to another machinegun post 25 yards away and had killed
one gunner himself by the time the remainder of his detachment
arrived and put the gun out of action. With the utmost bravery
he continued to lead his men over three lines of hostile
trenches, cleaning up each one as they advanced, regardless of
the fact that he had been wounded three times, and killed
several of the enemy in hand-to-hand encounters. After his
pistol ammunition was exhausted, Lieutenant Turner seized the
rifle of a dead soldier, bayoneted several members of a
machinegun crew, and shot the other. Upon reaching the
fourth-line trench, which was his objective, he captured it with
the nine men remaining in his group and resisted a hostile
counterattack until he was finally surrounded and killed.