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 09, 1921 at Bogalusa, LA
Entered Service in the US
Army from Bastrop, LA
17, 1969 at the age of 47
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism on July 29,
1944 at Grimesnil, France
France, during an enemy armored attack, Sergeant Whittington, a
squad leader, assumed command of his platoon when the platoon
leader and platoon sergeant became missing in action. He
reorganized the defense and, under fire, courageously crawled
between gun positions to check the actions of his men. When the
advancing enemy attempted to penetrate a roadblock, Sergeant
Whittington, completely disregarding intense enemy action,
mounted a tank and by shouting through the turret, directed it
into position to fire pointblank at the leading Mark V German
tank. The destruction of this vehicle blocked all movement of
the remaining enemy column consisting of over 100 vehicles of a
Panzer unit. The blocked vehicles were then destroyed by hand
grenades, bazooka, tank, and artillery fire and large numbers of
enemy personnel were wiped out by a bold and resolute bayonet
charge inspired by Sergeant Whittington. When the medical aid
man had become a casualty, Sergeant Whittington personally
administered first aid to his wounded men.