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.
Profiles in Courage
January 24, 1928 at Washington, DC
Entered Service in the US
Army from Washington, DC
30, 1951 at the age of 23
The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on
January 30, 1951 at Kamyangjan-ni, Korea
with Robert McGovern is his brother Jerome, who was killed in
action in Korea just eleven days after Robert's death. The
brothers were interred together in a joint funeral and
ceremony. Jerome McGovern earned the Silver Star before
Lieutenant McGovern led his platoon up a slope to engage hostile
troops emplaced in bunker-type pillboxes with connecting
trenches. The unit came under heavy machinegun and rifle fire
from the crest of the hill, approximately 75 yards distant.
Despite a wound sustained in this initial burst of withering
fire, Lieutenant McGovern assured the men of his ability to
continue on and urged them forward. Forging up the rocky
incline, he fearlessly led the platoon to within several yards
of its objective when the ruthless foe threw a vicious barrage
of hand grenades on the group and halted the advance. Enemy fire
increased and Lieutenant McGovern, realizing that casualties
were rapidly increasing and the morale of his men badly shaken,
hurled back several grenades before they exploded. Then,
disregarding his painful wound and weakened condition he charged
a machinegun emplacement which was raking his position. Within
10 yards of the position a burst of fire ripped the carbine from
his hands, but, undaunted, he continued his one-man assault and,
firing his pistol and throwing grenades, killed 7 enemy before
falling mortally wounded in front of the gun he had silenced.