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.
February 02, 1908 at Huntington, WV
Entered Service in the US
Marine Corps from Washington, DC
DIED: July 29, 1982 at the age of 74
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on
February 19 - 22, 1945 at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
Under a barrage
of enemy machinegun and small-arms fire from the cliffs on the
right, Lieutenant Colonel Chambers landed immediately after the
initial assault waves of his battalion on D-day at Iwo Jima to
find the momentum threatened by heavy casualties from withering
enemy fire. Exposed to relentless hostile fire, he coolly
reorganized his battle-weary men, inspiring them to heroic efforts
by his own valor and leading them in an attack on the critical,
impregnable high ground from which the enemy was pouring an
increasing volume of fire directly onto troops ashore as well as
amphibious craft in succeeding waves. Constantly in the front
lines encouraging his men to push forward against the enemy's
savage resistance, Colonel Chambers led the eight-hour battle to
carry the flanking ridge top and reduce the enemy's fields of
aimed fire, thus protecting the vital foothold gained. In constant
defiance of hostile fire while reconnoitering the entire
regimental combat team zone of action, he maintained contact with
adjacent units and forwarded vital information to the regimental
commander. He reorganized his troops for renewed attack against
the enemy's main line of resistance and was directing the fire of
the rocket platoon when he fell, critically wounded.