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.
February 26, 1921 at Woodcliff, GA
Service in the US Army from Woodcliff, GA
4, 1997 at the age of 76
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
May 11, 1945 at Tayabas Province, Luzon,
daybreak approximately 100 Japanese stealthily attacked the
perimeter defense on Luzon, concentrating on a machinegun
position manned by three Americans. Having completed a long tour
of duty at this gun, Private McKinney was resting a few paces
away when an enemy soldier struck him on the head with a saber.
Although dazed, he seized his rifle, bludgeoned his attacker,
and shot another assailant who was charging him. One of his
comrades at the machinegun was wounded and his other companion
withdrew carrying the injured man. Alone, Private McKinney was
confronted by ten enemy who had captured the machinegun, intent
of reversing it to fire into the perimeter. Leaping into the
emplacement, he shot seven of them and killed three more with
his rifle butt. The machinegun was rendered inoperative, leaving
only his rifle with which to meet advancing Japanese, who hurled
grenades and directed knee mortar shells into the perimeter. He
changed position, secured more ammunition, and cut down waves of
the fanatical enemy with devastating fire or clubbed them to
death in hand-to-hand combat. He thwarted the assault and
thirty-eight were found around the machinegun and two more at
the side of a mortar 45 yards distant.