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.
December 18, 1891 at Cresco, IA
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Illinois
18, 1990 at the age of 98
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I
For heroism on May
21, 1918 at At Sea As a POW on a German Submarine
U.S.S. President Lincoln was attacked and sunk by the German
submarine U-90, on 21 May 1918, Lieutenant Izac was captured and
held as a prisoner on board the U-90 until the return of the
submarine to Germany, when he was confined in the prison camp.
During his stay on the U-90 he obtained information of the
movements of German submarines which was so important that he
determined to escape, with a view to making this information
available to the U.S. and Allied Naval authorities. In
attempting to carry out this plan, he jumped through the window
of a rapidly moving train at the imminent risk of death, not
only from the nature of the act itself but from the fire of the
armed German soldiers who were guarding him. Having been
recaptured and re-confined, Lieutenant Izac made a second and
successful attempt to escape, breaking his way through
barbed-wire fences and deliberately drawing the fire of the
armed guards in the hope of permitting others to escape during
the confusion. He made his way through the mountains of
southwestern Germany, having only raw vegetables for food, and
at the end, swam the River Rhine during the night in the
immediate vicinity of German sentries.