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 01, 1931 at Sewickley, PA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Baltimore, MD
07, 1952 at the age of 21
The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism on
September 07, 1952 at Mundung-ni, Korea
under cover of intense mortar and artillery fire, two hostile
platoons attacked a combat outpost commanded by Sergeant Porter,
destroyed communications, and killed two of his three-man crew.
Gallantly maintaining his position, he poured deadly accurate
fire into the ranks of the enemy, killing 15 and dispersing the
remainder. After falling back under a hail of fire, the
determined foe reorganized and stormed forward in an attempt to
overrun the outpost. Without hesitation, Sergeant Porter jumped
from his position with bayonet fixed and, meeting the onslaught
and in close combat, killed six hostile soldiers and routed the
attack. While returning to the outpost, he was killed by an
artillery burst, but his courageous actions forced the enemy to
break off the engagement and thwarted a surprise attack on the
main line of resistance.