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.
July 31, 1918 at Cleveland, OH
Service in the US Army from Cleveland, OH
31, 1943 at the age of 24
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
July 27, 1943 at Horseshoe Hill, New Georgia,
SI, Pacific Ocean
Class Petrarca advanced with the leading troops to within 100
yards of the enemy fortifications where mortar and small-arms
fire caused a number of casualties. Singling out the most
seriously wounded, he worked his way to the aid of Private First
Class Scott, lying within 75 yards of the enemy, whose wounds
were so serious that he could not be moved out of the direct
line of fire. PFC Petrarca administered first aid to PFC Scott
and two other soldiers and shielded the former until his death.
On July 29, during an intense mortar barrage, he went to the aid
of his sergeant who had been partly buried in a foxhole by a
shell explosion, dug him out, restored him to consciousness and
caused his evacuation. On July 31 he went to the aid of a
casualty where his path over the crest of a hill exposed him to
enemy observation from only 20 yards distant. A target for
intense knee mortar and automatic fire, he worked his way to
within two yards of his objective where he was mortally wounded
by hostile mortar fire. Even on the threshold of death he
continued to display valor and contempt for the foe. Raising
himself to his knees, he shouted defiance at the enemy, made a
last attempt to reach his wounded comrade, and fell dead.