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.
October 02, 1930 at Washington, DC
Service in the US Army from West Point, NY
23, 1970 at the age of 39
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
July 01 - 23, 1970 at FSB Ripcord, Vietnam
Colonel Lucas performed numerous acts of extraordinary valor in
directing the defense of Fire Support Base Ripcord. He flew in a
helicopter at treetop level above an entrenched enemy directing
the fire of one of his companies for over three hours. Though
his helicopter was heavily damaged by enemy fire, he remained in
an exposed position until the company expended its supply of
grenades. He then transferred to another helicopter, dropped
critically needed grenades to the troops, and resumed his
perilous mission of directing fire on the enemy. These
courageous actions prevented the company from being encircled
and destroyed. On another occasion he attempted to rescue a
crewman trapped in a burning helicopter. As the flames in the.
Aircraft spread, and enemy fire became intense, Lieutenant
Colonel Lucas ordered all members of the rescue party to safety.
Then, at great personal risk, he continued the rescue effort
amid concentrated enemy fire, intense heat, and exploding
ammunition. He was mortally wounded while directing the
successful withdrawal of his battalion from the fire base. His
actions throughout this period inspired his men to heroic
efforts, and saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers
while inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy.