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.
July 2, 1937 at Honolulu, HI
Entered Service in the US
Army from Norfolk, VA
1, 1966 at the age of 29
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism as a
Prisoner of War from October 29, 1963 - September 26, 1965 at An
Xuyen Province, Vietnam
accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in
combat operations in Thoi Binh District, Captain Versace and his
patrol came under sudden and intense fire from a heavily armed
enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although
severely wounded in the knee and back, fought valiantly and
continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and
fatigued by the fierce firefight, he was taken prisoner by the
Viet Cong. From the time he entered into Prisoner of War status he
assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the
enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and
made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened
condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme
privation and hardships he was forced to endure. During his
captivity, he was segregated in an isolated cage, manacled in
irons for prolonged periods, and placed on extremely reduced
ration. The enemy was unable to break his will, his faith in God,
and his trust in the United States of America. Captain Versace
epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct.
He was executed by the Viet Cong on September 26, 1965.