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: April 10, 1917 at
Entered Service in the US
Army Air Corps from Boston, MA
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism August 06
& 07, 1942 at Rabaul, New Britain, Bixmarck Archipelago
October 08, 1942 at the age of 25
was not scheduled to participate in an attack near Rabaul, New
Britain on August 7, 1942 having been forced back to his base
the previous day because of engine failure. But upon learning
that all available planes in his group were needed, he
voluntarily selected a B-17 declared unserviceable for combat
and helped to make it flyable. With an all-volunteer crew, he
rejoined his squadron in the air and kept his plane in formation
during the long flight to Rabaul. When intercepted by some 30
enemy fighters before reaching the target, Captain Pease's
"unserviceable" plane destroyed several Zeroes before
dropping its bombs on target. Then, his aircraft, hit by enemy
fire, exploded and fell in flames killing the crew.