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.
June 27, 1899 at Longview, TX
Entered Service in the US
Army from Los Angeles, CA
DIED: June 29, 1963 at the age of 64
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on
January 03, 1945 at Philippsbourg, France
France, Private First Class Turner was cut off from his artillery
unit by an enemy armored infantry attack. Withdrawing under the
vicious onslaught, he noticed two German tanks and 75 foot
soldiers advancing down the main street of the village. Seizing a
rocket launcher, he advanced under intense small-arms and cannon
fire and, standing in the middle of the road, fired at them,
destroying one and disabling the second. From a nearby half-track
he then dismounted a machinegun, placed it in the open street and
fired into the enemy infantrymen, killing or wounding a great
number. In the American counterattack which followed, two
supporting tanks were disabled by an enemy antitank gun. Firing a
light machinegun from the hip, he held off the enemy so that the
crews of the disabled vehicles could extricate themselves. He ran
through a hail of fire to one of the tanks which had burst into
flames and attempted to rescue a man who had been unable to
escape; but an explosion of the tank's ammunition frustrated his
effort and wounded him painfully. Refusing to be evacuated, he
remained with the infantry until the following day, and fearlessly
driving a truck through heavy enemy fire to deliver wounded men to
the rear aid station.