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.
April 22, 1925 at New
Service in the US Army from Gulfport, MS
14, 1945 at the age of 20
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
May 08 - 14, 1945
at Mintal, Mindanao, Philippine
Japanese sniper rose from his foxhole to throw a grenade into
the midst of Private First Class Diamond's emplacement, he
charged and killed the enemy with a burst from his submachine
gun. Then, by delivering sustained fire from his personal arm
and simultaneously directing the fire of 105mm and .50 caliber
weapons upon the enemy pillboxes immobilizing this and another
machinegun section, he enabled them to put their guns into
action. When two infantry companies established a bridgehead, he
voluntarily assisted in evacuating the wounded under heavy fire;
and then, securing an abandoned vehicle, transported casualties
to the rear through mortar and artillery fire so intense as to
render the vehicle inoperative and despite the fact he was
suffering from a painful wound. The following day he again
volunteered, this time for the hazardous job of repairing a
bridge under heavy enemy fire. On May 14, when leading a patrol
to evacuate casualties from his battalion, which was cut off, he
ran through a virtual hail of Japanese fire to secure an
abandoned machine gun. Though mortally wounded as he reached the
gun, he succeeded in drawing sufficient fire upon himself so
that the remaining members of the patrol could reach safety.