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.
December 05, 1922 at Lincoln, NE
Service in the US Army from Wichita, KS
18, 1944 at the age of 22
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
December 17, 1944 at Krinkerlter
Class Cowan's company was attacked by a numerically superior
force of German infantry and tanks near Krinkelter Wald,
Belgium. The first six waves of hostile infantrymen were
repulsed, but a seventh drive with tanks killed or wounded all
but three of his section, leaving Private Cowan to man his gun,
supported by only 15 to 20 riflemen. He maintained his position,
holding off the Germans until the rest of the shattered force
had set up a new line along a firebreak. Then, unaided, he moved
his machinegun and ammunition to the second position. At the
approach of a Royal Tiger tank, he held his fire until about 80
enemy infantrymen supporting the tank appeared at a distance of
about 150 yards. His first burst killed or wounded about half of
these infantrymen. His position was rocked by an 88mm shell when
the tank opened fire, but he continued to man his gun, pouring
deadly fire into the Germans when they again advanced. Fire from
three machineguns and innumerable small arms struck all about
him; an enemy rocket shook him badly, but did not drive him from
his gun. Infiltration by the enemy had by this time made the
position untenable, and the order was given to withdraw. Private
Cowan was the last man to leave, voluntarily covering the
withdrawal of his remaining comrades.