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 19, 1914 at Fort Scott, KS
Service in the US Marine Corps from El Paso, TX
21, 1943 at the age of 29
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
November 20 & 21, 1943 at Tarawa, Gilbert
officer of a Scout Sniper Platoon attached to the Assault
Regiment in action against Japanese-held Tarawa in the Gilbert
Island, First Lieutenant Hawkins was the first to disembark from
the jeep lighter. He unhesitatingly moved forward under heavy
enemy fire at the end of the Betio Pier, neutralizing
emplacements in coverage of troops assaulting the main beach
positions. Fearlessly leading his men on to join the forces
fighting desperately to gain a beachhead, he repeatedly risked
his life throughout the day and night to direct and lead attacks
on pillboxes and installations with grenades and demolitions. At
dawn on the following day, First Lieutenant Hawkins resumed the
dangerous mission of clearing the limited beachhead of Japanese
resistance, personally initiating an assault on a hostile
position fortified by five enemy machineguns, and, crawling
forward in the face of withering fire, boldly fired pointblank
into the loopholes and completed the destruction with grenades.
Refusing to withdraw after being seriously wounded in the chest
during this skirmish, First Lieutenant Hawkins steadfastly
carried the fight to the enemy, destroying three more pillboxes
before he was caught in a burst of Japanese shellfire and