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.
October 31, 1941 at Petersburg, PA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Harrisburg, PA
27, 1968 at the age of 27
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on
January 12, 1968 at Que Son Valley, Heip Duc Province, Vietnam
distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman with a company
which was conducting combat operations against an enemy force in
the Que Son Valley. As Sergeant Port's platoon was moving to cut
off a reported movement of enemy soldiers, they came under heavy
fire from an entrenched enemy force. The platoon was forced to
withdraw due to the intensity and ferocity of the fire. Although
wounded in the hand as the withdrawal began, Sergeant Port, with
complete disregard for his safety, ran through the heavy fire to
assist a wounded comrade back to the safety of the platoon
perimeter. As the enemy forces assaulted in the perimeter,
Sergeant Port and three comrades were in position behind an
embankment when an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Sergeant
Port, realizing the danger to his fellow soldiers, shouted the
warning, "Grenade," and unhesitatingly hurled himself
towards it to shield his comrades from the explosion. Through
his exemplary courage and devotion he saved the lives of his
fellow soldiers and gave the members of his platoon the
inspiration needed to hold their position.