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.
April 17, 1939 at San Mateo, CA
Service in the US Marine Corps from San Francisco, CA
14, 1967 at the age of 28
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
October 14, 1967 at Con
Thien, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
In the early
morning hours Sergeant Foster's battalion was occupying a
defensive position which protected a bridge on the road leading
from Con Thien to Cam Lo. Suddenly, the Marines' position came
under a heavy volume of mortar and artillery fire, followed by
an aggressive enemy ground assault. In the ensuing engagement,
the hostile force penetrated the perimeter and brought a heavy
concentration of small arms, automatic weapons, and rocket fire
to bear on the battalion command post. Although his position in
the fire support coordination center was dangerously exposed to
enemy fire and he was wounded when an enemy hand grenade
exploded near his position, Sergeant Foster resolutely continued
to direct accurate mortar and artillery fire on the advancing
North Vietnamese troops. As the attack continued, a hand grenade
landed in the midst of him and his five companions. Realizing
the danger, Sergeant Foster shouted a warning, threw his armored
vest over the grenade, and unhesitatingly placed his body over
the armored vest. When the grenade exploded, Sergeant Foster
absorbed the entire blast with his body and was mortally
wounded. His heroic actions undoubtedly saved his comrades from
further injury or possible death.