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.
July 29, 1923 at Lyndonville, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army Air Corps from Rochester, NY
17, 1992 at the age of 68
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on
December 20, 1943 at Bremen, Germany
Sergeant Vosler was the radio operator-air gunner for a severely
damaged B-17 over Bremen, Germany on December 20, 1943. When his
aircraft was forced out of formation and repeatedly attacked by
enemy fighters, Sergeant Vosler was painfully wounded. Despite his
wounds, he continued a steady stream of deadly fire on the enemy
fighter planes. Wounded again, with greatly impaired vision, he
continued to fire while declining first aid. When the B-17
approached the coast, the pilot announced that he would ditch the
aircraft in the water. Working entirely by touch and despite
lapses into unconsciousness, Sergeant Vosler got the damaged radio
operating and sent distress signals. When the plane ditched, he
crawled to the wing to keep the wounded tail gunner from slipping
off and drowning until other crew members could help them both
into a dinghy.