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 06, 1921 at Chicago, IL
Service in the US Army from Chicago, IL
09, 1945 at the age of 23
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
April 09, 1945 at Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa,
Class Moskala was with the leading element when grenade
explosions and concentrated machinegun and mortar fire halted
the unit's attack on Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. With
utter disregard for his personal safety, he charged 40 yards
through withering, grazing fire and wiped out two machinegun
nests with well-aimed grenades and deadly accurate fire from his
automatic rifle. When strong counterattacks and fierce enemy
resistance from other positions forced his company to withdraw,
he voluntarily remained behind with eight others to cover the
maneuver. Fighting from a critically dangerous position for
three hours, he killed more than 25 Japanese before following
his surviving companions through screening smoke down the face
of the ridge to a gorge where it was discovered that one of the
group had been left behind, wounded. Unhesitatingly, Private
Moskala climbed the bullet-swept slope to assist in the rescue,
and, returning to lower ground, volunteered to protect other
wounded while the bulk of the troops quickly took up more
favorable positions. He had saved another casualty and killed
four enemy infiltrators when he was struck and mortally wounded
himself while aiding still another disabled soldier.