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 Pittsburgh, PA
Entered Service in the US
Army from West Winfield, NY
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism March 30,
1945 at Eisern, Germany
Lieutenant Will courageously exposed himself to withering
hostile fire to rescue two wounded men and then, although
painfully wounded himself, made a third trip to carry another
soldier to safety from an open area. Ignoring the profuse
bleeding of his wound, he gallantly led men of his platoon
forward until they were pinned down by murderous flanking fire
from two enemy machineguns. He fearlessly crawled alone to
within 30 feet of the first enemy position, killed the crew of
four and silenced the gun with accurate grenade fire. He
continued to crawl through intense enemy fire to within 20 feet
of the second position where he leaped to his feet, made a lone,
ferocious charge and captured the gun and its nine-man crew.
Observing another platoon pinned down by two more German
machineguns, he led a squad on a flanking approach and, rising
to his knees in the face of direct fire, coolly and deliberately
lobbed three grenades at the Germans, silencing one gun and
killing its crew. With tenacious aggressiveness, he ran toward
the other gun and knocked it out with grenade fire. He then
returned to his platoon and led it in a fierce, inspired charge,
forcing the enemy to fall back in confusion. First Lieutenant
Will was mortally wounded in this last action