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.
July 06, 1922 at Eagle, WI
Entered Service in the US
Army from Soldiers Grove, WI
7, 1996 at the age of 74
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on April
13, 1945 at Okinawa, Ruykyu Islands
powerfully conducted predawn Japanese counterattack struck
Technical Sergeant Anderson's flank in action at Okinawa, he
ordered his men to take cover in an old tomb, and then, armed only
with a carbine, faced the onslaught alone. After emptying one
magazine at pointblank range into the screaming attackers, he
seized an enemy mortar dud and threw it back among the charging
Japs, killing several as it burst. Securing a box of mortar
shells, he extracted the safety pins, banged the bases upon a rock
to arm them and proceeded alternately to hurl shells and fire his
piece among the fanatical foe, finally forcing them to withdraw.
Despite the protests of his comrades, and bleeding profusely from
a severe shrapnel wound, he made his way to his company commander
to report the action. Technical Sergeant Anderson's intrepid
conduct in the face of overwhelming odds accounted for 25 enemy
killed and several machineguns and knee mortars destroyed, thus
single-handedly removing a serious threat to the company's flank.