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 21, 1925 at Coats, KY
Service in the US Army from Kenvir, KY
13, 1996 at the age of 71
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism
January 30 & 31, 1951 at Subuk, Korea
Lieutenant Dodd led the attack to capture Hill 256, a key
terrain feature that had withstood several previous assaults.
With utter disregard for his safety, First Lieutenant Dodd moved
among his men, reorganized and encouraged them, and then
single-handedly charged the first hostile machinegun nest,
killing or wounding all its occupants. Inspired by his
incredible courage, his platoon responded magnificently and,
fixing bayonets and throwing grenades, closed on the enemy and
wiped out every hostile position. First Lieutenant Dodd
reorganized his platoon and led them across a narrow ridge and
onto Hill 256. Firing his rifle and throwing grenades, he
advanced at the head of his platoon despite the intense
concentrated hostile fire. When his platoon was still 200 yards
from the objective he moved ahead and with his last grenade
destroyed an enemy mortar killing the crew. Darkness halted the
advance but at daybreak First Lieutenant Dodd, again boldly
advancing ahead of his unit, led the platoon through a dense fog
against the remaining hostile positions. With bayonet and
grenades he continued to set pace without regard for the danger
to his life, until he and his troops had eliminated the last of
the defenders and had secured the final objective.