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.
August 09, 1947
at Alliance, NE
Service in the US Marine Corps from Denver,
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
March 24, 1969
at the age of 21
as point man, Private First Class Coker was leading his patrol
when he encountered five enemy soldiers on a narrow jungle
trail. His squad pursued them to a cave where it came under
intense hostile fire, seriously wounding one Marine and forcing
the others to take cover. Seeing the wounded man lying exposed,
PFC Coker moved across the fire-swept terrain toward his
companion. Although wounded by enemy fire, he continued to crawl
across the hazardous area and threw a hand grenade into the
enemy positions, suppressing hostile fire sufficiently to enable
him to reach the wounded man. As he dragged his injured comrade
to safety a grenade landed on the wounded Marine. PFC Coker
grasped it with both hands and turned away from his companion,
but before he could dispose of it, it exploded. Severely
wounded, he refused to abandon his comrade. Two more grenades
exploded near him, inflicting still further injuries. Concerned
only for his comrade, he continued to crawl and pull the wounded
Marine with him. His heroic deeds inspired his fellow Marines to
such aggressive action that the enemy fire was suppressed
sufficiently to enable others to reach him and carry him to a
relatively safe area where he succumbed to his wounds.