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.
This memorial near Loren Kaufman's
hometown of The Dalles overlooks the Columbia River.
July 27, 1923 at The Dalles,
Service in the US Army from The Dalles, OR
10, 1951 at the age of 27
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism
September 04 & 05, 1950 at Yongsan, Korea
Class Kaufman's company was in a defensive position on two
adjoining hills, his platoon occupying a strong point two miles
away protecting the battalion flank. Early in the morning the
company was attacked by an enemy battalion and Kaufman's platoon
was ordered to reinforce the company. As his unit moved along a
ridge it encountered a hostile force. SFC Kaufman, running
forward, bayoneted the lead scout and engaged the column in a
rifle and grenade assault. His quick Vicious attack so surprised
the enemy that they retreated in confusion. When his platoon
joined the company he discovered that the enemy had taken
commanding ground and pinned the company down in a draw. Without
hesitation SFC Kaufman charged the enemy lines firing his rifle
and throwing grenades. During the action, he bayoneted two enemy
and seized an unmanned machinegun, delivered deadly fire on the
defenders. The company regrouped and resumed the attack during
which SFC Kaufman destroyed a hostile machinegun position, and
routed the remaining enemy. Pursuing the hostile troops he
bayoneted two more and then rushed a mortar position shooting
the gunners. Six months later he was killed in action in Korea.