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.
January 17, 1917 at Charlottetown, Canada
Entered Service in the US
Army from Boston, MA
24, 2000 at the age of 83
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on
January 01, 1945 at Woelfling, France
MacGillivary led a squad when his unit moved forward in darkness
to meet the threat of a breakthrough by elements of a German
Panzer Division. He discovered hostile troops digging in and as
he reported this information, several machineguns opened fire,
stopping the American advance. Knowing the position of the
enemy, he volunteered to knock out one of the guns while another
company closed in to assault remaining strong points. He circled
through woods and snow, carefully worked his way to the
emplacement and shot the two camouflaged gunners at a range of
three feet. In the afternoon he was dispatched on reconnaissance
and found one company opposed by six machineguns reinforcing a
company of fanatically fighting Germans. His unit began an
attack but was pinned down. Sergeant MacGillivary voluntarily
embarked on a lone combat patrol. He stalked the enemy, reached
a hostile machinegun and blasted its crew with a grenade. He
pressed on within ten yards of another machinegun, jumped into
the midst of the enemy and killed them with several bursts. He
moved on to still another machinegun until close enough to toss
a grenade into the emplacement and kill this crew also, but was
himself seriously wounded.