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.
June 27, 1918 at Portland, OR
Entered Service in the US
Army Air Corps from Portland, OR
23, 1944 at the age of 25
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on June
23, 1944 at Ploesti, Rumania
Lieutenant David Kingsley was a B-17 bombardier over enemy oil
refineries at Ploesti, Rumania in a bombing raid on June 23,
1944. Although his aircraft was severely damaged by flak and
fighters during the bomb run, he succeeded in dropping his bombs
on target. The tail gunner and ball turret gunner were seriously
wounded. When the pilot gave the bail-out order, Lieutenant
Kingsley assisted the wounded gunners in putting on their
parachute harnesses, which had been removed when they were
wounded. When the tail gunner's harness could not be located,
Lieutenant Kingsley unhesitatingly removed his own harness,
adjusted it to the gunner, and assisted the wounded men in
bailing out. The aircraft flew on for a short distance, then
crashed and burned, killing Kingsley.