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.
September 16, 1946 at Johnson City, NY
Service in the US Marine Corps from Binghamton, NY
04, 1967 at the age of 20
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
September 04, 1967 at Quang Tin Province,
Operation SWIFT, Sergeant Peters company was struck by intense
mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire from an entrenched enemy
force. As the company rallied its forces, Sergeant Peters
maneuvered his squad in an assault on any enemy defended knoll.
While enemy rounds hit all about him, he stood in the open,
pointing out enemy positions until he was painfully wounded in
the leg. Disregarding his wound, he moved forward and continued
to lead his men. As the enemy fire increased in accuracy and
volume, his squad lost its momentum and was temporarily pinned
down. Exposing himself to devastating enemy fire, he
consolidated his position to render more effective fire. He was
wounded a second time in the face and neck from an exploding
mortar round. As the enemy attempted to infiltrate the position
of an adjacent platoon, he stood erect in the full view of the
enemy, firing burst after burst and forcing them to disclose
their camouflaged positions. He steadfastly continued to direct
his squad in spite of two additional wounds and persisted in his
efforts to encourage and supervise his men until he lost
consciousness and succumbed. Inspired by his selfless actions,
the squad regained fire superiority and again carried the
assault to the enemy.