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.
Also Remembered at
Fort Rosecrans, CA
April 27, 1931 at Turtle Creek, PA
Service in the US Navy from Akron, OH
26, 1967 at the age of 35
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
April 20 & 26, 1967 at Haiphong,
Estiocin was a pilot in Attack Squadron 192, embarked in U.S.S.
Ticonderoga. Leading a three-plane group of aircraft in support
of a coordinated strike against two thermal power plants in
North Vietnam, he provided continuous warnings to the strike
group leaders of the surface-to-air missile (SAM) threats, and
personally neutralized three SAM sites. Although his aircraft
was severely damaged by an exploding missile, he reentered the
area and relentlessly prosecuted a SHRIKE attack in the face of
intense antiaircraft fire. With less than five minutes of fuel
remaining he departed the target area and commenced in-flight
refueling which continued for over 100 miles. Three miles aft of
Ticonderoga, and without enough fuel for a second approach, he
disengaged from the tanker and executed a precise approach to a
fiery arrested landing. On April 26, 1967, in support of a
coordinated strike against the vital fuel facilities in Haiphong,
he led an attack on a threatening SAM site, during which his
aircraft was seriously damaged by an exploding SAM;
nevertheless, he regained control of his burning aircraft and
courageously launched his SHRIKE missiles before departing the
area. He was subsequently lost in action.