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.
February 22, 1928 at Winston-Salem, NC
Entered Service in the US
Army from New York, NY
04, 1984 at the age of 55
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on
November 08, 1965 at Vietnam
superior Viet Cong element launched a vicious attack which
wounded or killed nearly every man in the lead squad of
Specialist Sixth Class Joel's company. After treating the men
wounded by the initial burst of gunfire, he moved forward to
assist others. While going from man to man, he was struck in the
right leg by machinegun fire. He bandaged his own wound and
self-administered morphine, then continued his search for
wounded. Even as bullets hit the dirt around him, held plasma
bottles high while kneeling completely engrossed in his life
saving mission. After being struck a second time and with a
bullet in his thigh, he dragged himself over the battlefield and
succeeded in treating 13 more men before his medical supplies
ran out. Displaying resourcefulness, he saved the life of one
man by placing a plastic bag over a severe chest wound to
congeal the blood. As one of the platoons pursued the Viet Cong,
an insurgent force in concealed positions opened fire on the
platoon and wounded many more soldiers. After the 24 hour battle
subsided and the Viet Cong dead numbered 410, snipers continued
to harass the company. Sp6c. Joel continued to comfort and treat
the wounded until his own evacuation was ordered.