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 20, 1920 at Flat River, MO
Service in the US Marine Corps from Esther, MO
19, 1945 at the age of 24
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
February 19, 1945 at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
assault on Iwo Jima, Sergeant Cole was assailed by a tremendous
volume of small-arms, mortar and artillery fire as he advanced
with one squad in the initial assault wave. He boldly led his
men up the beach toward Airfield No. 1 despite the curtain of
flying shrapnel and, personally destroying two hostile
emplacements continued to move forward until a barrage of fire
from three pillboxes halted the advance. Instantly placing his
remaining machinegun in action, he delivered a shattering
fusillade and succeeded in silencing the nearest emplacement
before his weapon jammed and the enemy, reopening fire pinning
down his unit for the second time. Armed only with a pistol and
one grenade, he advanced alone hurling his grenade at the enemy.
He then withdrew, returned to his own lines for additional
grenades, and again advanced, attacked, and withdrew. He ran the
gauntlet of slashing fire a third time to complete the total
destruction of the strong point and the annihilation of the
defending garrison in this final assault. Although instantly
killed by an enemy grenade as he returned to his squad, Sergeant
Cole had eliminated a formidable Japanese position, thereby
enabling his company to storm the remaining fortifications,
continue the advance, and seize the objective.