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 21, 1921 at Barberton, OH
Service in the US Army from Barberton, OH
06, 1945 at the age of 23
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
June 06, 1945 at Tabio, Luzon, Philippine
Woodford volunteered to investigate the delay in a scheduled
attack by an attached guerrilla battalion. He found that the
lead company, in combat for the first time, was immobilized by
intense enemy fire which had killed key personnel. He
immediately took command, evacuated the wounded, reorganized the
unit under fire, and prepared to attack. He repeatedly exposed
himself to draw fire from the enemy strongpoints, and then moved
forward with a five-man covering force to determine exact enemy
positions. Although intense enemy fire killed two and wounded
his other three men, he resolutely continued his patrol. He
guided the guerrillas up a barren hill and captured the
objective, personally accounting for two hostile machinegunners.
Before dawn the next morning the enemy launched a fierce suicide
attack and infiltrated the perimeter. Wounded by a grenade,
Staff Sergeant Woodford remained at his post calling for mortar
support. Then, seizing a rifle he began working his way around
the perimeter, encouraging the men until he reached a weak spot
where two guerrillas had been killed. Filling this gap himself,
he fought off the enemy. At daybreak he was found dead in his
foxhole, but 37 enemy dead were lying in and around his