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.
April 27, 1916 at El
Entered Service in the US
Army from Los Angeles, CA
26, 2002 at the age of 85
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on May
28, 1944 at Artena, Italy
Caught on an
exposed hillside by heavy, grazing fire from a well-entrenched
German force, Staff Sergeant Davila's machine gunners were
reluctant to risk putting their guns into action. Crawling fifty
yards to the nearest machine gun, he set it up alone and opened
fire on the enemy. To observe the effect of his fire he fired from
the kneeling position, ignoring the enemy fire that struck the
tripod and passed between his legs. Ordering a gunner to take
over, he crawled to a vantage point and directed the firefight
with hand and arm signals until both hostile machine guns were
silenced. Bringing his three remaining machine guns into action,
he drove the enemy to a position two hundred yards to the rear.
When wounded in the leg, he dashed to a burned tank and engaged a
second enemy force from its turret. Dismounting, he advanced 130
yards and crawled 20 yards to charge into an enemy-held house and
eliminate the defending force of five with a hand grenade.
Climbing to the attic, he straddled a large shell hole in the wall
and opened fire on the enemy and continued to fire until he had
destroyed two more machine guns. His intrepid actions silenced
four machine gunners, which forced the enemy to abandon their