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.
April 05, 1909 at Anselmo,
Service in the US Army from Alder Gulch, MT
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
February 03, 1944 at Hill 175, Casino, Italy
July 14, 1967 at the age of 58
Class Powers' company was assigned the mission of capturing Hill
175, the key enemy strong point northwest of Cassino, Italy. The
enemy, supported by machineguns in three pillboxes and mortars
from behind the hill, pinned the attackers down inflicting eight
casualties. Unable to advance, PFC Powers crawled forward to
assault one of the enemy pillboxes. Armed with two hand grenades
he crawled up the hill within 15 yards of the enemy pillbox.
Standing upright in full view of the enemy gunners he threw his
grenade into a small opening in the roof. The grenade entered
the pillbox, killed two of the occupants and three or four more
fled the position, probably wounded. The center of the line was
able to move forward again, but immediately came under fire from
a second pillbox on the left flank. PFC Powers located this
pillbox and crawled toward it, rising in full view of the enemy
gunners and threw his grenade, killing another German and
probably wounding three or four more who fled. Still acting on
his own initiative, he crawled toward the third enemy pillbox
and stood upright to toss two grenades into the small opening in
the roof of the pillbox. PFC Powers, almost single-handedly
broken the backbone of this heavily defended enemy position.