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: September 13, 1887
at Oyster Bay, NY
Entered Service in the US
Army from Oyster Bay, NY
12, 1944 at the age of 56
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 06,
verbal requests to accompany the leading assault elements in the
Normandy D-Day invasion had been denied, Brigadier General
Roosevelt's written request for this mission was approved and he
landed with the first wave of the forces assaulting the
enemy-held beaches. He repeatedly led groups from the beach,
over the seawall and established them inland. His valor,
courage, and presence in the very front of the attack and his
complete unconcern at being under heavy fire inspired the troops
to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Although the enemy
had the beach under constant direct fire, Brigadier General
Roosevelt moved from one locality to another, rallying men
around him, directed and personally led them against the enemy.
Under his seasoned, precise, calm, and unfaltering leadership,
assault troops reduced beach strong points and rapidly moved
inland with minimum casualties. He thus contributed
substantially to the successful establishment of the beachhead
in France. He died as a result of a fibrillating heart six days
after the landing.