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.
July 06, 1945 at Corpus Christi, TX
Service in the US Marine Corps from New York, NY
17, 1968 at the age of 22
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
February 16, 1968 at Quang Tri Province,
Lieutenant Graves' eight-man patrol, while on a long-range recon
mission, observed seven enemy approaching. Reacting instantly,
he deployed his men and directed their fire. When the fire
ceased, he and two patrol members made a search of the area and
came under hostile small arms and automatic weapons fire. When
one of his men was hit he moved through the fire-swept area to
his radio and, while directing suppressive fire, requested air
support and adjusted artillery and helicopter gunship fire upon
the enemy. Observing that several of the enemy were still alive,
he launched a determined assault, eliminating the remaining
enemy troops. Moving his patrol to a landing zone for
extraction, the unit again came under intense fire which wounded
him and two more Marines. Refusing medical attention, he again
adjusted air strikes and artillery fire while leading his men to
a new landing site. Guiding the incoming aircraft and boarding
his men, he realized that one of the wounded had not embarked.
He directed the aircraft to depart and, along with another
Marine, moved to the casualty. He directed fire until a second
helicopter arrived, at which point the enemy fire intensified,
hitting the helicopter and causing it to crash. All aboard were