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.
May 07, 1947 at Detroit, MI
Entered Service in the US
Army from Detroit, MI
30, 1971 at the age of 23
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on
January 15, 1968 at Dak To, Kontum Province, Vietnam
Fifth Class Johnson's tank was in heavy contact with a battalion
size North Vietnamese force when it threw a track and was
immobilized. Specialist Johnson climbed out of the vehicle armed
only with a .45 caliber pistol and killed several enemy soldiers
before he had expended his ammunition. Returning to his tank
through a heavy volume of enemy fire, he obtained a submachine
gun to continue his fight against the advancing enemy. Engaged
in extremely close combat when the last of his ammunition was
expended, he killed an enemy soldier with the stock of his
submachine gun. Now weaponless, he ignored the enemy fire and
climbed into his platoon sergeant's tank, extricated a wounded
crewmember and carried him to an armored personnel carrier. He
then returned to the same tank and assisted in firing the main
gun until it jammed. In a magnificent display of courage, he
exited the tank and again armed only with a pistol, engaged
several North Vietnamese troops. Fighting his way through
devastating fire and remounting his own immobilized tank, he
remained fully exposed to the enemy as he engaged them with the
tank's externally-mounted .50 caliber machinegun; where he
remained until the situation was brought under control.