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.
at Cranston, RI
Entered Service in the US
Army from Cranston, RI
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism March 24,
1945 at Fluren, Germany
March 24, 1945
Peters, a platoon radio operator parachuted into Germany near
Fluren, east of the Rhine. With ten others, he landed in a field
about 75 yards from a German machinegun supported by riflemen,
and was immediately pinned down by heavy, direct fire. The
position of the small unit seemed hopeless with men struggling
to free themselves of their parachutes in a hail of bullets that
cut them off from their nearby equipment bundles, when Private
Peters stood up without orders and began a one-man charge
against the hostile emplacement armed only with a rifle and
grenades. His single-handed assault immediately drew the enemy
fire away from his comrades. He had run halfway to his
objective, pitting rifle fire against that of the machinegun,
when he was struck and knocked to the ground by a burst.
Heroically, he regained his feet and struggled onward. Once more
he was torn by bullets, and this time he was unable to rise.
With gallant devotion to his self-imposed mission, he crawled
directly into the fire that had mortally wounded him until close
enough to hurl grenades which knocked out the machinegun, killed
two of its operators, and drove protecting riflemen from their
positions into the safety of a woods.