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.
October 05, 1925 at East St. Louis, IL
Service in the US Marine Corps from East St. Louis, IL
28, 1998 at the age of 73
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
May 14 - 17, 1945 at Okinawa
Shima, Ruykyu Islands
Corporal Day rallied his squad and the remnants of another unit
and led them forward of the front lines of Sugar Loaf Hill. They
came under an intense mortar and artillery barrage that was
followed by a ground attack of forty enemy soldiers. Despite the
loss of half his men, Corporal Day remained at the forefront,
hurling grenades and directing fire. Reinforced by six men, he
led his squad in repelling three night attacks but suffered five
Marines killed and one wounded, whom he assisted to safety.
Hearing calls for a corpsman, Day braved heavy fire to escort
four seriously wounded Marines to safety. He manned a light
machine gun, assisted by a wounded Marine, and halted another
night attack. His machine gun was destroyed and he suffered
multiple wounds but reorganized his position in time to halt a
fifth attack. On three occasions, enemy soldiers closed within a
few feet of his foxhole, but were killed by Corporal Day. During
the second day, the enemy conducted numerous unsuccessful
swarming attacks against his exposed position. When the attacks
momentarily subsided, over 70 dead enemy were counted around his
position. On the third day, a wounded and exhausted Corporal Day
repulsed the enemy's final attack.