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.
June 18, 1912 at Byesville, OH
Service in the US Army from Steubenville, OH
03, 1944 at the age of 31
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
June 02 & 03, 1944 at Valmontone, Italy
Christian elected to sacrifice his life in order that his
comrades might extricate themselves from an ambush. Braving
massed fire of about 60 riflemen, three machineguns, and three
tanks from positions only 30 yards distant, he stood erect and
signaled to the patrol to withdraw. The whole area was
illuminated by enemy flares. Although his right leg was severed
above the knee by cannon fire, Private Christian advanced on his
left knee and the bloody stump of his right thigh, firing his
submachine gun. Despite excruciating pain, he continued his
self-assigned mission. He succeeded in distracting the enemy and
enabled his twelve comrades to escape. He killed three enemy
soldiers almost at once. Leaving a trail of blood behind him, he
made his way forward 20 yards, halted at a point within ten
yards of the enemy, and despite intense fire killed a
machine-pistol man. Reloading his weapon, he fired directly into
the enemy position. The enemy appeared enraged at the success of
his ruse, concentrated 20-mm. machinegun, machine-pistol and
rifle fire on him, yet he refused to seek cover. Maintaining his
erect position, Private Christian fired his weapon to the very
last. Just as he emptied his submachine gun, the enemy bullets
found their mark and Private Christian slumped forward dead.