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 19, 1919 at Geyser,
Service in the US Army from Stanford, MT
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
May 29, 1944 at Villa Crocetta, Italy.
May 29, 1944 at the age of 24
unsuccessful attacks by his battalion, of his own volition
Captain Gault went forward and ascertained just how critical the
situation was. He volunteered, at the risk of his life,
personally to lead the battalion against the objective. When the
lone remaining tank destroyer refused to go forward, Captain
Galt jumped on the tank destroyer and ordered it to precede the
attack. As the tank destroyer moved forward, followed by a
company of riflemen, Captain Galt manned the .30-caliber
machinegun in the turret of the tank destroyer, located and
directed fire on an enemy 77mm anti-tank gun, and destroyed it.
Nearing the enemy positions, Captain Galt stood fully exposed in
the turret, ceaselessly firing his machinegun and tossing hand
grenades into the enemy zigzag series of trenches despite the
hail of sniper and machinegun bullets ricocheting off the tank
destroyer. As the tank destroyer moved, Captain Galt so
maneuvered it that 40 of the enemy were trapped in one trench.
When they refused to surrender, Captain Galt pressed the trigger
of the machinegun and dispatched every one of them. A few
minutes later an 88mm shell struck the tank destroyer and
Captain Galt fell mortally wounded across his machinegun. He had
personally killed 40 Germans and wounded many more.