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: May 19, 1897 at
Entered Service in the US
Army Air Service from Phoenix, AZ
Died: September 29, 1918 at the age of 21
The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism September
29, 1918 in the Air near Murvaux, France
Lieutenant Luke was a pilot in the 27th Aero Squadron. Having
previously destroyed a number of enemy aircraft in 17 days, he
went on a patrol in his SPAD after German observation balloons
on 29 September 1918. Though pursued by eight German planes and
under heavy ground fire, he unhesitatingly attacked and shot
down three German balloons. Severely wounded, he descended to
within 50 meters of the ground near Murvaux, France and fired
upon enemy troops, killing six and wounding as many more. Forced
to make a landing and surrounded on all sides by the enemy who
called on him to surrender, he drew his pistol and gallantly
resisted capture until killed by enemy fire.
(NOTE: He was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. In a
period of less than three weeks, during one of which he did not
fly, Second Lieutenant Luke was credited with destroying 14
balloons and five enemy airplanes.)