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 02, 1923 at Columbus,
Service in the US Marine Corps from Montana
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February 19
- 21, 1945 at Iwo
February 21, 1945 at the age of 21
Japanese had been driven from a blockhouse on D-day at Iwo Jima,
Private First Class Ruhl single-handedly attacked the group,
killing one with his bayonet and another by rifle fire. He left
the shelter of his tank trap early in the morning of D-day +1
and moved out under a tremendous volume of mortar and machinegun
fire to rescue a wounded marine in an exposed position 40 yards
forward of the line. Half pulling and half carrying the wounded
man, he removed him to a defiladed position, called for an
assistant and a stretcher and, again running the gauntlet of
hostile fire, carried the casualty to an aid station 300 yards
distant. Returning to his platoon, he continued his efforts,
volunteering to investigate an apparently abandoned Japanese gun
emplacement 75 yards forward of the right flank, and
subsequently occupying the position through the night. Pushing
forward in the assault against the vast network of
fortifications surrounding Mt. Suribachi the following morning,
he crawled with his platoon guide to the top of a Japanese
bunker to bring fire to bear on enemy troops located on the far
side of the bunker. When a hostile grenade landed between the
two marines PFC Ruhl called a warning to his fellow marine and
dived on the deadly missile.