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.
February 14, 1945 at McMinnville, TN
Service in the US Navy from Nashville, TN
19, 1969 at the age of 24
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism
March 19, 1969 at Phu Loc 6, An Hoa, Quang
Nam Prov., Vietnam
early morning hours, an estimated battalion-sized enemy force
launched a determined assault against an artillery battery's
position, and succeeded in penetration of the barbed-wire
perimeter. The initial burst of enemy fire caused numerous
casualties among the Marines who had immediately manned their
howitzers. Navy Corpsman Ray moved from parapet to parapet,
rendering emergency medical treatment to the wounded. Although
wounded himself he refused medical aid and continued his
lifesaving efforts. While he was bandaging another wounded
Marine, he was forced to battle two enemy soldiers who attacked
his position, killing one and wounding the other. Rapidly losing
his strength as a result of his wounds, he managed to move
through the hail of enemy fire to other casualties. He was faced
with the intense fire of oncoming enemy troops and, despite the
grave personal danger and insurmountable odds, succeeded in
treating the wounded and holding off the enemy until he ran out
of ammunition, at which time he sustained fatal wounds. His
final act of heroism was to protect the patient he was treating.
He threw himself upon the wounded Marine, thus saving the man's
life when an enemy grenade exploded nearby.