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.
1919 at St. Charles,
Service in the US Army from Spokane, WA
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism January
30, 1944 at Bougainville,
Solomon Islands, Pacific
May 15, 1996
at the age of 76
Drowley, a squad leader in a platoon whose mission during an
attack was to remain under cover while holding the perimeter
defense as a reserve for assaulting echelon, saw three members
of the assault company fall badly wounded. When intense hostile
fire prevented aid from reaching them, he fearlessly rushed
forward to carry two of them to cover. He then discovered an
enemy pillbox undetected by assaulting tanks, and which was
inflicting heavy casualties upon the attacking force. Delegating
the rescue of the third man to an assistant, he ran across open
terrain to one of the tanks. Signaling to the crew, he climbed
to the turret, exchanged his weapon for a submachine gun and
voluntarily rode the deck of the tank directing it toward the
pillbox by tracer fire. Under constant enemy fire, the tank
continued within 20 feet of the pillbox where Sergeant Drowley
received a severe bullet wound in the chest. Refusing to return
for medical treatment, he remained on the tank and directed its
progress until the enemy box was definitely located. He again
was wounded, losing his left eye and falling to the ground. He
remained alongside the tank until the pillbox had been
demolished and another directly behind the first destroyed.