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.
November 19, 1925 at Wichita, KS
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Thermal, CA
03, 1999 at the age of 73
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on June
08 & 09, 1967 at At Sea in International Waters, Mediterranean
international waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, the USS
Liberty was attacked without warning by jet fighter aircraft and
motor torpedo boats which inflicted many casualties among the
crew and caused extreme damage to the ship. Although wounded
during the first air attack, Captain McGonagle remained at his
battle station. Steadfastly refusing any treatment which would
take him away from his post, he calmly continued to exercise
firm command of his ship. Despite continuous exposure to fire,
he maneuvered his ship, directed its defense, supervised the
control of flooding and fire, and saw to the care of the
casualties. His extraordinary valor inspired the surviving
members of the crew, many of them seriously wounded, to heroic
efforts to overcome the battle damage and keep the ship afloat.
Subsequent to the attack, although in great pain and weak from
the loss of blood, he remained at his battle station and
continued to command his ship for more than 17 hours. It was
only after rendezvous with a U.S. destroyer that he relinquished
personal control of the ship and permitted himself to be removed
from the bridge. Even then, he refused medical attention until
convinced that the seriously wounded among his crew had been