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 Oakland, CA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Piedmont, CA
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 17,
1943 at Agrigento, Sicily
David Waybur returned
to combat in Europe AFTER his Medal of Honor action and
presentation, and was killed in action nearly two years after
his MOH action.
Lieutenant Waybur was commander of a reconnaissance platoon and
volunteered to lead a three-vehicle patrol into enemy-held
territory to locate an isolated Ranger unit. Proceeding under
cover of darkness, over roads known to be heavily mined, and
strongly defended by road blocks and machinegun positions, the
patrol's progress was halted at a bridge which had been
destroyed by enemy troops and was suddenly cut off from its
supporting vehicles by four enemy tanks. Although hopelessly
outnumbered and out-gunned, and himself and his men completely
exposed, he quickly dispersed his vehicles and ordered his
gunners to open fire with their .30 and .50 caliber machineguns.
Then, with ammunition exhausted, three of his men hit and
himself seriously wounded, he seized his .45 caliber Thompson
submachine gun and standing in the bright moonlight directly in
the line of fire, alone engaged the leading tank at 30 yards and
succeeded in killing the crewmembers, causing the tank to run
onto the bridge and crash into the stream bed. After dispatching
one of his men for aid, he rallied the rest to cover and
withstood the continued fire of the tanks until the arrival of
help the following morning.