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.
Born: January 06, 1916 at Duluth, MN
Service in the US Marine Corps from Minnesota
15, 1945 at the age of 29
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism May 14
& 15, 1945 at Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu
hold for the night in defense behind Sugar Loaf Hill on Okinawa,
Major Courtney weighed the effect of a hostile night
counterattack against the tactical value of an immediate marine
assault, resolved to initiate the assault, and promptly obtained
permission to advance and seize the forward slope of the hill.
He then proceeded on his way, boldly blasting nearby cave
positions and neutralizing enemy guns. Inspired by his courage,
every man followed without hesitation, and together the intrepid
marines braved enemy fire to skirt the hill on the right and
reach the reverse slope. Reinforced by 26 men and a load of
grenades, Major Courtney determined to storm the hill and crush
any planned counterattack. He pushed ahead hurling grenades into
cave openings with devastating effect. Upon reaching the crest
and observing large numbers of Japanese forming for action less
than 100 yards away, he instantly attacked, waged a furious
battle and succeeded in killing many of the enemy and in forcing
the remainder to take cover in the caves. Determined to hold, he
ordered his men to dig in and, coolly disregarding the
continuous hail of flying enemy shrapnel to rally his weary
troops, tirelessly aided casualties and assigned his men to more
advantageous positions until he was himself killed.