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.
March 03, 1888 at Windemere, England
Entered Service in the US
Army from Rutherford, NJ
02, 1975 at the age of 87
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I
For heroism on
September 29, 1918 at Le Catelet, France
Latham earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Le Catelet,
France, during intense assaults upon enemy positions. Becoming
separated from their platoon by a smoke barrage, Sergeant
Latham, Sergeant Alan L. Eggers, and Corporal Thomas E. O'Shea
took cover in a shellhole well within the enemy's lines. Upon
hearing a call for help from an American tank which had become
disabled 30 yards from them, the three soldiers left their
shelter and started toward the tank under heavy fire from German
machineguns and trench mortars. In crossing the fire-swept area,
Corporal O'Shea was mortally wounded, but his companions,
undeterred, proceeded to the tank, rescued a wounded officer,
and assisted two wounded soldiers to cover in the sap of a
nearby trench. Sgts. Latham and Eggers then returned to the tank
in the face of the violent fire, dismounted a Hotchkiss gun, and
took it back to where the wounded men were keeping off the enemy
all day by effective use of the gun and later bringing it with
the wounded men back to our lines under cover of darkness.