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.
May 1, 1942 at Boulder, CO
Entered Service in the US
Army from Boulder, CO
26, 1971 at the age of 29
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on
February 26, 1971 at Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia
Swanson was flying an OH-6A aircraft in support of ARVN Task
Force 333 in the Kingdom of Cambodia. With two enemy regiments
known to be in the area, he was tasked with pinpointing the
enemy's precise positions. He flew at treetop level at a slow
airspeed, making his aircraft a vulnerable target. The advancing
ARVN unit came under heavy automatic weapons fire from enemy
bunkers 100 meters to their front. Exposing his aircraft to
enemy fire, Captain Swanson engaged the enemy. After destroying
five bunkers he observed a .51 caliber machine gun position.
With all his heavy ordnance expended on the bunkers, he did not
have sufficient explosives to destroy the position.
Consequently, he marked the position with a smoke grenade and
directed a Cobra gun ship attack. After completion of the attack
he found the weapon still intact and an enemy soldier crawling
over to man it. He immediately engaged the individual and killed
him. His aircraft sustained several hits from another .51
caliber machine gun but again he marked the target and directed
a second Cobra gun ship attack. As he attempted to fly toward
another .51 caliber machine gun position, his aircraft exploded
in the air and crashed to the ground, causing his death.