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.
Service in the US Army from Philadelphia, PA
29, 1944 at the age of 23
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
August 29, 1944 at Brest, France
dusk an enemy counterattack of platoon strength was launched
against Sergeant McVeigh's platoon which was not dug in and had
just begun to assume defensive positions along a hedge. Part of
the line sagged momentarily under heavy fire from small arms and
two flak guns, leaving a section of heavy machineguns holding a
wide frontage without rifle protection. The enemy drive moved so
swiftly that German riflemen were almost on top of one
machinegun position. Sergeant McVeigh stood up in full view of
the enemy and directed the fire of his squad on the attacking
Germans until his position was almost overrun. He then drew his
trench knife and single-handed charged several of the enemy. In
a savage hand-to-hand struggle he killed one German and was
advancing on three more of the enemy when he was shot down and
killed with small arms fire at pointblank range. His heroic act
allowed the two remaining men in his squad to concentrate their
machinegun fire on the attacking enemy and then turn their
weapons on the three Germans in the road, killing all three.
Fire from this machinegun and the other gun of the section was
almost entirely responsible for stopping this enemy assault, and
allowed the rifle platoon to which it was attached time to