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.
June 26, 1922 at Rio Grande City, TX
Service in the US Marine Corps from Mercedes, TX
09, 1964 at the age of 42
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
March 03, 1945 at Iwo
Jima, Volcano Islands
with another marine in a terrain studded with caves and ravines,
Sergeant Harrell was holding a position in a perimeter defense
around the company command post when Japanese troops infiltrated
our lines in the early hours of dawn. Awakened by a sudden
attack, he opened fire with his carbine and killed two of the
enemy as they emerged from a ravine in the light of a star
shellburst. As hostile grenades fell closer, he waged a fierce
lone battle until an exploding missile tore off his left hand
and fractured his thigh. He was vainly attempting to reload the
carbine when his companion returned from the command post with
another weapon. Wounded again by an enemy soldier wielding a
saber, Sergeant Harrell drew his pistol, killed his opponent and
then ordered his wounded companion to a place of safety. He
fearlessly met the challenge of two more enemy who charged his
position and placed a grenade near his head. Killing one with
his pistol, he grasped the sputtering grenade with his good
right hand, and, pushing it painfully toward the crouching
soldier, saw his remaining assailant destroyed but his own hand
severed in the explosion. At dawn Sergeant Harrell was evacuated
from a position hedged by the bodies of 12 dead Japanese.