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 05, 1917 at Jersey City, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army from Jersey City, NJ
14, 1996 at the age of 78
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on June
19, 1945 at Ozato, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands
In the heat of
a battle, Technical Sergeant Meagher mounted an assault tank,
and, with bullets splattering about him, designated targets to
the gunner. Seeing an enemy soldier carrying an explosive charge
dash for the tank treads, he shouted fire orders to the gunner,
leaped from the tank, and bayoneted the charging soldier.
Knocked unconscious and his rifle destroyed, he regained
consciousness, secured a machinegun from the tank, and began a
furious one man assault on the enemy. Firing from his hip,
moving through vicious crossfire that ripped through his
clothing, he charged the nearest pillbox, killing six. Going on
amid the hail of bullets and grenades, he dashed for a second
enemy gun, running out of ammunition just as he reached the
position. He grasped his empty gun by the barrel and in a
violent onslaught killed the crew.