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.
Born: June 13, 1923 at Muskogee, OK
Service in the US Army from Pryor, OK
09, 1945 at the age of 21
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February
09, 1945 at Paco Railroad Station, Manila, Philippine Islands
Class Reese engaged in the attack on the Paco Railroad Station,
which was strongly defended by 300 enemy soldiers with
machineguns and rifles, supported by pillboxes, three 20mm guns,
one 37-mm gun and heavy mortars. While making a frontal assault
across an open field, his platoon was halted 100 yards from the
station by intense enemy fire. He left the platoon, accompanied
by Private Cleto Rodriguez, and continued forward to a house 60
yards from the objective. Under constant enemy observation the
two men remained in this position for an hour, firing at targets
of opportunity, killing more than 35 Japanese and wounding many
more. Moving closer to the station and finding a group of
Japanese replacements attempting to reach pillboxes, they opened
heavy fire and killed 40 more. They advanced within 20 yards of
the station where PFC Reese provided covering fire while his
companion killed seven Japanese and destroyed a 20-mm gun and
heavy machinegun with hand grenades. With their ammunition
running low, the two men withdrew, alternately providing
covering fire for each other. During this movement, PFC Reese
was killed by enemy fire as he reloaded his rifle. The two men
killed more than 82 Japanese in the 2 1/2 hour stand.