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.
September 22, 1949 at Mount Vernon, IL
Service in the US Army from Fairfield, IL
25, 1991 at the age of 42
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
May 07, 1970 at Thua Thien Province, Vietnam
armed force of enemy sappers and infantrymen assaulted Private
First Class Kay's night defensive position, wounding and killing
a number of its members. Disregarding the intense enemy fire and
ground assault, PFC Kays began moving toward the perimeter to
assist his fallen comrades. He became the target of concentrated
enemy fire and explosive charges, one of which severed the lower
portion of his left leg. After applying a tourniquet to his leg,
he moved to the fire-swept perimeter, administered medical aid
to one of the wounded, and helped move him to an area of
relative safety. Despite his severe wound and excruciating pain,
he returned to the perimeter in search of other wounded men. He
treated another wounded comrade, and, using his own body as a
shield against enemy bullets and fragments, moved him to safety.
Although weakened from a great loss of blood, he resumed his
heroic lifesaving efforts by moving beyond the company's
perimeter into enemy held territory to treat a wounded American
lying there. Only after his fellow wounded soldiers had been
treated and evacuated did he allow his own wounds to be treated.
His courageous acts resulted in the saving of numerous lives and
inspired others in his company to repel the enemy.