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 17, 1947 at Pittsburgh, PA
Service in the US Marine Corps from Pittsburgh, PA
25, 1969 at the age of 21
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
February 25, 1969 at Vandegrift Cbt Base,
Quang Tri Prov., Vietnam
participating in Operation "Dewey Canyon" southeast of
Vandergrift Combat Base, one of the squads of Corporal Morgan's
platoon was temporarily pinned down and sustained several
casualties while attacking an enemy force occupying a heavily
fortified bunker complex. Seeing that two wounded Marines had
fallen in a position exposed to enemy fire and that all attempts
to evacuate them had been halted by a heavy volume of enemy
fire, Corporal Morgan unhesitatingly maneuvered through the
dense jungle undergrowth to a road that passed in front of a
hostile emplacement which was the principal source of enemy
fire. Thinking only of the welfare of his injured companions,
Corporal Morgan shouted words of encouragement to them as he
initiated an aggressive assault against the hostile bunker.
While charging across the open road, he was clearly visible to
the hostile soldiers who turned their fire in his direction and
mortally wounded him, but his diversionary tactic enabled the
remainder of his squad to retrieve their casualties and overrun
the North Vietnamese Army position. His heroic and determined
actions saved the lives of two fellow Marines and were
instrumental in the subsequent defeat of the enemy.