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 Greenville, PA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Youngstown, OH
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism December 23
& 24, 1944 at Bennwihr, France
Early in the
attack Staff Sergeant Kefurt jumped through an opening in a wall
to face about 15 Germans. Although outnumbered he opened fire,
killing ten and capturing the others. During a seesaw battle
which developed he adjusted artillery fire on an enemy tank
close to his position. That night he maintained a three-man
outpost in the center of the town and fought off several hostile
patrols. Assuming command the following day he led in
hand-to-hand fighting through the town until blocked by a tank.
Using rifle grenades he forced surrender of its crew and
supporting infantry. He continued his attack from house to house
against heavy enemy fire. Advancing against a strongpoint that
was holding up the company, his platoon was subjected to a
strong counterattack. Suffering heavy casualties the men
remained there due to Sergeant Kefurt's personal example of
bravery, determination and leadership. He constantly exposed
himself to fire going from man to man to direct fire. During
this time he killed 15 of the enemy at close range. Wounded in
the leg he refused first aid and resumed fighting. When the
forces to his rear were pushed back three hours later, he
refused to be evacuated, leading and encouraging him men until
he was himself, killed.