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.
Photo Courtesy of
John "J-Cat" Griffith
July 18, 1947 at Jackson, MI
Service in the US Army from Detroit, MI
09, 1987 at the age of 39
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
May 24, 1969 at Lang Sau,
An Loc Province, Vietnam
Bondsteel was a platoon sergeant when his company was directed
to assist a friendly unit which was endangered by intense fire
from a North Vietnamese Battalion located in a heavily fortified
base camp. He organized the men of his platoon into effective
combat teams and spearheaded the attack by destroying four enemy
occupied bunkers. He then raced 200 meters under fire to reach
an adjoining platoon which had begun to falter. After rallying
this unit and assisting their wounded, he returned to his own
sector with critically needed munitions. He moved to the
forefront and destroyed four enemy bunkers and a machinegun
which had threatened his advancing platoon. Painfully wounded by
an enemy grenade, he refused medical attention and continued his
assault by neutralizing two more enemy bunkers. He ran to the
aid of a wounded officer and struck down an enemy soldier who
was threatening the officer's life. He then continued to rally
his men and led them through the entrenched enemy until his
company was relieved. His leadership and courage throughout the
4-hour battle resulted in the saving of numerous lives. He
personally destroyed ten bunkers and accounted for a large toll
of the enemy, including two enemy commanders.