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: February 12, 1918
at Racine, WI
Entered Service in the US
Army Air Corps from Racine, WI
01, 1943 at the age of 25
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism August 01,
1943 at Ploesti, Rumania
was pilot of his group's lead B-24 bomber in an attack against
enemy oil refineries at Ploesti, Rumania on August 1, 1943.
Although he had completed more than the required number of
combat missions, and he fully realized the extreme hazards of
the mission, Major Jerstad volunteered to lead the formation
into attack. Short of the target, his airplane was badly damaged
and set afire. Although over a field suitable for landing, Major
Jerstad unswervingly held his course and released his bombs on
target. At this point the fire in his plane, already serious,
engulfed the aircraft and it crashed into the target area,
killing all aboard.
(NOTES: Other Medals of Honor awarded for the Ploesti bombing
raid included: Addison Baker, Lloyd Hughes, John Kane, and Leon