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.
November 23, 1919 at Dwight, NE
Service in the US Army from Dwight, NE
19, 1993 at the age of 74
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism
August 31 & September 01, 1950 at Agok, Korea
Class Kouma unit was supporting infantry elements on the Naktong
River front near midnight when a hostile force estimated at 500
crossed the river and launched a fierce attack inflicting heavy
casualties. A withdrawal was ordered and his armored unit was
given the mission of covering the movement. The enemy assault
overran two tanks, destroyed one and forced another to withdraw.
Master Sergeant Kouma discovered that his tank was the only
obstacle in the path of the hostile onslaught. Holding his
ground, he gave fire orders to his crew and remained in position
throughout the night. During one fierce assault the enemy
surrounded his tank and he leaped from the armored turret,
exposing himself to a hail of hostile fire, manned the .50
caliber machinegun, and delivered pointblank fire into the
fanatical foe. His machinegun emptied, he fired his pistol and
threw grenades to keep the enemy at bay. After more than nine
hours of combat he withdrew to friendly lines. During the
withdrawal through eight miles of hostile territory, he
continued to inflict casualties on the enemy and exhausted his
ammunition in destroying three hostile machinegun positions.
During this action, Master Sergeant Kouma killed an estimated
250 enemy soldiers.