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 17, 1915 at Sioux
Entered Service in the US
Marine Corps from Sioux Falls, SD
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism on October 9 -
November 19, 1942 and January 15 & 23, 1943 at
Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
1, 2003 at the age of 87
almost daily combat with the enemy from October 9 to November 19,
1942, Captain Foss personally shot down 23 Japanese planes and
damaged others so severely that their destruction was extremely
probable. In addition, during this period, he successfully led a
large number of escort missions, skillfully covering
reconnaissance, bombing, and photographic planes as well as
surface craft. On January 15, 1943, he added three more enemy
planes to his already brilliant successes for a record of aerial
combat achievement unsurpassed in this war. Boldly searching out
an approaching enemy force on January 25, Captain Foss led his
eight F-4F Marine planes and four Army P-38's into action and,
undaunted by tremendously superior numbers, intercepted and struck
with such force that four Japanese fighters were shot down and the
bombers were turned back without releasing a single bomb.