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.
September 07, 1900 at Portland, ME
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Portland, ME
13, 1984 at the age of 84
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on
November 12 & 13, 1942 at Iron Bottom Sound, Savo Island,
Commander Schonland was damage control officer of the U.S.S. San
Francisco in action against greatly superior enemy forces in the
naval battle off Savo Island. In the same violent night
engagement in which all of his superior officers were killed or
wounded, Lieutenant Commander Schonland was fighting valiantly
to free the San Francisco of large quantities of water flooding
the second deck compartments through numerous shell holes caused
by enemy fire. Upon being informed that he was commanding
officer, he ascertained that the conning of the ship was being
efficiently handled, then directed the officer who had taken
over that task to continue while he himself resumed the vitally
important work of maintaining the stability of the ship. In
water waist deep, he carried on his efforts in darkness
illuminated only by hand lanterns until water in flooded
compartments had been drained or pumped off and watertight
integrity had again been restored to the San Francisco.