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.
March 03, 1923 at Oklahoma City, OK
Service in the US Army from Chicago, IL
14, 1945 at the age of 22
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
February 13, 1945 at Fort William McKinley,
Luzon, Philippine Islands
Class Perez was lead scout for a company which had destroyed 11
of 12 pillboxes in a strongly fortified sector defending the
approach to enemy-held Fort William McKinley on Luzon,
Philippine Islands. In the reduction of these pillboxes, he
killed five Japanese in the open and blasted others in pillboxes
with grenades. Realizing the urgent need for taking the last
emplacement, which contained two twin-mount .50-caliber
dual-purpose machineguns, he took a circuitous route to within
20 yards of the position, killing four of the enemy in his
advance. He threw a grenade into the pillbox, and, as the crew
started withdrawing through a tunnel just to the rear of the
emplacement, shot and killed four before exhausting his clip. He
had reloaded and killed four more when an escaping Japanese
threw his rifle with fixed bayonet at him. In warding off this
thrust, his own rifle was knocked to the ground. Seizing the Jap
rifle, he continued firing, killing two more of the enemy. He
rushed the remaining Japanese, killed three of them with the
butt of the rifle and entered the pillbox, where he bayoneted
the one surviving hostile soldier. Single-handedly, he killed 18
of the enemy in neutralizing the position that had held up the
advance of his entire company.