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.
December 07, 1917 at Cincinnati, OH
Service in the US Army from Cincinnati, OH
26, 1944 at the age of 27
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
December 26, 1944 at Sommocolonia, Italy
night, enemy soldiers gradually infiltrated the town of
Sommocolonia in civilian clothes, and by early morning the town
was largely in hostile hands. Commencing with a heavy barrage of
enemy artillery at 0400 hours the next day, an organized attack
by uniformed German units began. Being greatly outnumbered, most
of the United States Infantry forces were forced to withdraw
from the town, but Lieutenant Fox and some other members of his
observer party voluntarily remained on the second floor of a
house to direct defensive artillery fire. At 0800 hours,
Lieutenant Fox reported that the Germans were in the streets and
attacking in strength. He then called for defensive artillery
fire to slow the enemy advance. As the Germans continued to
press the attack towards the area that Lieutenant Fox occupied,
he adjusted the artillery fire closer to his position. Finally
he was warned that the next adjustment would bring the deadly
artillery right on top of his position. After acknowledging the
danger, Lieutenant Fox insisted that the last adjustment be
fired as this was the only way to defeat the attacking soldiers.
Later, when a counterattack retook the position from the
Germans, Lieutenant Fox's body was found with the bodies of
approximately 100 German soldiers.