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: November 29, 1924
at Chippewa Falls, WI
Entered Service in the US
Army from Chippewa Falls, WI
03, 1944 at the age of 19
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism November
03, 1944 at Capoocan, Leyte, Philippine Islands
was an assistant squad leader in an attack against strongly
defended enemy positions on both sides of a stream running
through a wooded gulch. As the squad advanced through
concentrated fire, the leader was killed and Sergeant Mower
assumed command. In order to bring direct fire upon the enemy,
he had started to lead his men across the stream, which by this
time was churned by machinegun and rifle fire, but he was
severely wounded before reaching the opposite bank. After
signaling his unit to halt, he realized his own exposed position
was the most advantageous point from which to direct the attack,
and stood fast. Half submerged, gravely wounded, but refusing to
seek shelter or accept aid of any kind, he continued to shout
and signal to his squad as he directed it in the destruction of
two enemy machineguns and numerous riflemen. Discovering that
the intrepid man in the stream was largely responsible for the
successful action being taken against them, the remaining
Japanese concentrated the full force of their firepower upon
him, and he was killed while still urging his men on.