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 17, 1933 at Charleston, SC
Entered Service in the US
Army from Fort Jackson, SC
15, 1982 at the age of 49
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on June
09 & 10, 1965 at Con Xoai, Vietnam
Lieutenant Williams was executive officer of a Special Forces
Detachment when a Vietcong reinforced regiment struck the camp
and threatened to overrun it. He led his troops to their
defensive positions on the south and west walls. As the
insurgents attempted to scale the walls and as some of the
Vietnamese defenders began to retreat, he dashed through a
barrage of gunfire and led them back to their positions.
Although wounded in the thigh and left leg he returned to his
position and learned that his commanding officer was seriously
wounded, requiring him to take charge of actions in both
compounds. He ordered consolidation of the personnel from both
compounds and, disregarded multiple wounds, directed the defense
using descending flares as reference points to adjust air
strikes. As daylight arrived he took a rocket launcher and
worked his way across open terrain where he took aim at the
Vietcong machinegun 150 meters away and destroyed it. Although
seriously wounded, he continued to direct the air strikes closer
to the defensive position. When informed that helicopters would
attempt to land as the gunfire abated, he led his team from the
building to the artillery position, making certain of the timely
evacuation of the wounded.