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.
October 07, 1924 at Bandana, KY
Service in the US Army from Paducah, KY
13, 1945 at the age of 20
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War
II For heroism March 13, 1945 at Haguenau, France
Sergeant Crain led his platoon against German forces during the
struggle to enlarge the bridgehead across the Moder River. He
spearheaded the platoon in killing 10 enemy soldiers, capturing
12 more and securing its objective. Despite heavy enemy fire, he
moved among his men during the day, exhorting them to great
efforts and encouraging them to stand firm. He carried
ammunition and maintained contact with the command post,
exposing himself to deadly enemy fire. At nightfall the enemy
barrage became more intense and tanks entered to cover foot
troops while they bombarded our positions with grenades and
rockets. As buildings were blasted the Americans fell back from
house to house. Sergeant Crain deployed a platoon which had been
sent to his support and then rushed through murderous tank and
small-arms fire to the foremost house, which was being defended
by five of his men. With the enemy attacking from an adjoining
room and a tank firing pointblank at the house, he ordered the
men to withdraw while he remained to hold the position. Although
shells were crashing through the walls and bullets were hitting
all around him, he held his ground and with accurate fire from
his submachine gun killed three Germans. He was killed when the
building was destroyed by the enemy.