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 05, 1920 at Waldo, AR
Service in the US Army from Texas
03, 1950 at the age of 29
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism
August 31 - September 03,
1950 at Yongsan, Korea
overwhelming enemy force broke through and isolated 30 men of
his unit, Master Sergeant Watkins took command, established a
perimeter defense and directed action which repelled continuous
enemy assaults. With his men surrounded and cut off, he moved
from foxhole to foxhole exposing himself to enemy fire, giving
instructions and offering encouragement. Later when ammunition
ran low he shot two enemy soldiers 50 yards outside the
perimeter and went out alone for their ammunition and weapons.
As he picked up their weapons he was attacked by three others
and wounded. Returning fire he killed all three and gathering up
their weapons for his amazed comrades. During a later assault
six enemy soldiers began to throw grenades into the perimeter.
Disregarding his wound he rose from his foxhole to engage them
with rifle fire. Hit by a burst from an enemy machinegun he
continued to fire until he had killed the grenade throwers. With
this threat eliminated he collapsed and despite being paralyzed
from the waist down, encouraged his men to hold on. He refused
all food, saving it for his comrades, and when it became
apparent that help would not arrive in time to hold the position
ordered his men to escape to friendly lines.