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
The Wall of the Missing
Born: November 02, 1917 at St. Paul, MN
Service in the US Marine Corps from Minnesota
05, 1942 at the age of 24
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 04
& 05, 1942 at Midway Island
against enemy Japanese forces in the battle of Midway when his
Squadron Commander was shot down during the initial attack upon
an enemy aircraft carrier, Captain Fleming led the remainder of
the division with such fearless determination that he dived his
own plane to the perilously low altitude of 400 feet before
releasing his bomb. Although his craft was riddled by 179 hits
in the blistering hail of fire that burst upon him from Japanese
fighter guns and antiaircraft batteries, he pulled out with only
two minor wounds inflicted upon himself. On the night of June 4,
when the squadron commander lost his way and became separated
from the others, Captain Fleming brought his own plane in for a
safe landing at its base despite hazardous weather conditions
and total darkness. The following day, after less than four
hours' sleep, he led the second division of his squadron in a
coordinated glide-bombing and dive-bombing assault upon a
Japanese battleship. Undeterred by a fateful approach glide,
during which his ship was struck and set afire, he grimly
pressed home his attack to an altitude of 500 feet, released his
bomb to score a near miss on the stern of his target, then
crashed to the sea in flames.