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.
October 13, 1947 at Beverly, MA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Albany, NY
25, 1969 at the age of 21
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on March
25, 1969 at Hau Nghia Province, Vietnam
Doane was serving as a platoon leader when his company, engaged in
a tactical operation, abruptly contacted an enemy force concealed
in protected bunkers and trenches. Three of the leading soldiers
were pinned down by enemy crossfire. One was seriously wounded.
After efforts of one platoon to rescue these men had failed, it
became obvious that only a small group could successfully move
close enough to destroy the enemy position and rescue or relieve
the trapped soldiers, First Lieutenant Doane, although fully aware
of the danger of such an action, crawled to the nearest enemy
bunker and silenced it. He was wounded but continued to advance to
a second enemy bunker. As he prepared to throw a grenade, he was
again wounded. Undaunted, he deliberately pulled the pin on the
grenade and lunged with it into the enemy bunker, destroying this
final obstacle. First Lieutenant Doane's supreme act enabled his
company to rescue the trapped men without further casualties.