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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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  4-2743-AB 

BORN:  February 08, 1904 at Malahi Island, Luzon, Philippine 

Entered Service in the US Army from St. Paul, MN

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on November 29 - December 10, 1950 at Chosin Reservoir, Korea

DIED:  December 10, 1950 at the age of 46

Through ten days of bitter fighting at the Chosin Reservoir, Lieutenant Colonel Page refused repeated orders to return to the relative safety of Hamhung to remain in the field with surrounded and outnumbered Marines and scattered Army units. At Koto-ri he improvised an airstrip to evacuate wounded, and defended it against repeated attacks, constantly exposing himself to enemy fire and twice mounting a tank to man its machine guns. In a low-level flight over enemy lines, he dropped grenades and sprayed enemy positions with his carbine. When, after ten days of bitter combat, the Marines began withdrawing from Koto-ri, LTC Page joined the rear guard which came under attack in a narrow pass. Mounting an abandoned tank, LTC Page ignored intense enemy fire to cover the passage of the column. On December 10 when the column was again under attack and progress halted, he fought his way to the head of the column and plunged heedlessly into the enemy positions. His valiant assault so surprised the enemy that the attack was disrupted and the column began moving again. LTC Page remained in his forward position, continually engaging the enemy singly-handedly, until he was mortally wounded.

 

 

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