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.
Commander Van Voorhis is one of six in a group burial at Jefferson
Barracks National Cemetery in Missouri.
January 29, 1908 at
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Nevada
6, 1943 at the age of 35
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism on July 6,
1943 at Greenwich Island, Solomon Islands
Commander Van Voorhis was Squadron Commander of Bombing Squadron
102 and Plane Commander of a PB4Y-I Patrol Bomber operating
against the enemy on Japanese-held Greenwich Island during the
battle of the Solomon Islands. Fully aware of the limited chance
of surviving an urgent mission, voluntarily undertaken to
prevent a surprise Japanese attack against our forces,
Lieutenant Commander Van Voorhis took off in total darkness on a
perilous 700-mile flight without escort or support. Successful
in reaching his objective despite treacherous and varying winds,
low visibility and difficult terrain, he fought a lone but
relentless battle under fierce antiaircraft fire and
overwhelming aerial opposition. Forced lower and lower by
pursuing planes, he coolly persisted in his mission of
destruction. Abandoning all chance of a safe return he executed
six bold ground-level attacks to demolish the enemy's vital
radio station, installations, antiaircraft guns and crews with
bombs and machinegun fire, and to destroy one fighter plane in
the air and three on the water. Caught in his own bomb blast,
Lieutenant Commander Van Voorhis crashed into the lagoon off the
beach, sacrificing himself in a single-handed fight against
almost insuperable odds.