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.
June 2, 1918 at Visalia, CA
Service in the US Army from Rivers Relocation Center, AZ
15, 1944 at the age of 25
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For
heroism July 15, 1944 at
Pieve di S. Luce, Italy
attack a hill, Staff Sergeant Otani's platoon was pinned down in
a wheat field by enemy machine gun and sniper positions.
Realizing the danger, Staff Sergeant Otani left his cover and
shot and killed a sniper who was firing with deadly effect upon
the platoon. Followed by a stream of bullets, he dashed across
the open wheat field to the foot of a cliff, and directed his
men to crawl to cover there. When the movement of the platoon
drew heavy fire, he dashed along the cliff to the left flank,
exposing himself to enemy fire. By attracting the attention of
the enemy, he enabled the men closest to the cliff to reach
cover. Organizing these men to guard against possible
counterattack, he again made his way across the open field,
shouting instructions to the stranded men while continuing to
draw enemy fire. Reaching the rear of the platoon, he took
partial cover in a shallow ditch and directed fire for the men
who had begun to move forward. When one of his men was wounded
he ordered his men to remain under cover while he crawled to the
wounded soldier, lying on open ground in full view of the enemy.
Dragging the wounded soldier to a shallow ditch, Staff Sergeant
Otani rendered first aid treatment, but was mortally wounded by
machine gun fire.