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.
at Talala, OK
Entered Service in the US
Army from Pixley, CA
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 12,
1944 at Casaglia, Italy
Harmon was acting squad leader when heavy fire from enemy
positions stopped his company's advance and pinned down one
platoon. Ordered to rescue the beleaguered platoon, he led his
squad along a draw to the right of the trapped unit against
three key positions. When within range, his squad fired tracer
bullets in an attempt to set fire to the three haystacks which
were strung out in a loose line directly to the front, 75, 150,
and 250 yards away. Realizing that this was ineffective,
Sergeant Harmon ordered his squad to hold their position and
began a one man assault. Carrying white phosphorus grenades and
a submachine gun, he crept to within 25 yards of the first
position. He set the haystack afire with a grenade and when two
of the enemy attempted to flee from the inferno, he killed them.
Crawling toward the second he was wounded; but he continued to
advance and destroyed the position. He attacked the third
machinegun and about halfway to his objective, was again
wounded. He struggled ahead until within 20 yards of the nest,
where he raised himself to his knees to throw a grenade. He was
knocked down by direct enemy fire. With a final, magnificent
effort, he again arose, hurled the grenade and fell dead,
riddled by bullets. His missile fired the third position,