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.
January 17, 1927 at Jersey City, NJ
Entered Service in the US
Army from Fort Dix, NJ
19, 1967 at the age of 40
The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on
November 19, 1967 at Hil 875, Dak To, Kontum Province, Vietnam
Watters was accompanying an Infantry company when it engaged a
heavily armed enemy battalion. As the mounted, with complete
disregard for his safety he rushed forward to the line of
contact. Unarmed and completely exposed, he moved among, as well
as in front of the advancing troops, giving aid to the wounded,
assisting in their evacuation, and administering the last rites
to the dying. When a wounded paratrooper was standing in shock
in front of the assaulting forces, he ran forward, picked the
man up on his shoulders and carried him to safety. As the
troopers battled to the first enemy entrenchment, he ran to the
front of it to aid a fallen comrade. A short time later, the
paratroopers pulled back in preparation for a second assault.
Chaplain Watters exposed himself to both friendly and enemy fire
between the two forces in order to recover two wounded soldiers.
When the battalion was forced to pull back into a perimeter, he
saw that several wounded soldiers were lying outside the newly
formed perimeter. He left the perimeter three times to carry and
to assist the injured troopers to safety. Chaplain Watters was
giving aid to the wounded when he himself was mortally wounded.