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.
December 22, 1923 at London, England
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Los Angeles, CA
16, 1951 at the age of 25
The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on July
03, 1951 at Wonsan, North Korea
(j.g.) Koelsch served with a Navy helicopter rescue unit. As
darkness fell on July 3, 1951, information was received that a
marine aviator had been shot down and was trapped by the enemy
in mountainous terrain. Lt. (j.g.) Koelsch voluntarily flew a
helicopter to attempt a rescue. With an almost solid overcast
concealing everything below, he descended in his unarmed
aircraft to an extremely low altitude and began a systematic
search. Despite intense enemy fire, which struck his helicopter
on one occasion, he persisted in his mission until he located
the downed pilot, who was suffering from serious burns on the
arms and legs. While the victim was being hoisted into the
aircraft, it was struck again by a burst of hostile fire and
crashed on the side of the mountain. Quickly extricating his
crewmen and the aviator from the wreckage, Lt. (j.g.) Koelsch
led them from the vicinity to escape from hostile troops,
evading the enemy forces for nine days and rendering medical
attention to his severely burned companion until all were
captured. Up to the time of his death while a captive of the
enemy, Lt. (j.g.) Koelsch steadfastly refused to aid his captors
in any manner and inspired fellow prisoners by his fortitude and
consideration for others.