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.
April 21, 1916 at Bayside, CA
Service in the US Army from Ukiah, CA
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
February 05, 1945 at Manila,
Luzon, Philippine Islands
February 05, 1945 at the age of 28
Forced by the
enemy's detonation of demolitions to shift the course of his
advance through Manila, Second Lieutenant Vial led his platoon
toward a small bridge three enemy pillboxes halted the unit.
With two men he crossed the bridge behind screening smoke to
attack them. He knocked out the first while the other two were
silenced by one of his companions and a bazooka team. Lieutenant
Viale suffered a painful wound in the right arm during the
action. After his platoon had joined him, he pushed ahead
through mortar fire and encircling flames. Blocked from the only
escape route by an enemy machinegun at a street corner, he
entered a nearby building with his men. In one room he found
civilians huddled together, in another, a small window high in
the wall and reached by a ladder. Because of the relative
positions of the enemy, he decided that he, being left-handed,
could better hurl a grenade than one of his men who had made an
unsuccessful attempt. Grasping an armed grenade, he started up
the ladder. His wounded right arm weakened, and, as he tried to
steady himself, the grenade fell to the floor. Finding no way to
get rid of the grenade without exposing his men or the civilians
to injury or death, he held it close to his body and bent over
it as it exploded.