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.
November 05, 1889 at Arroya, PA
Service in the US Army from Falls Creek, PA
22, 1955 at the age of 66
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism
September 28, 1918 at St. Hubert's Pavillion,
Lieutenant Schaffner led his men in an attack on St. Hubert's
Pavilion through enemy machinegun, rifle, and artillery fire and
drove the enemy from an entrenched position after hand-to-hand
fighting. His company's position being exposed to enemy fire
from both flanks, he then made three efforts to locate an enemy
machinegun which had caused heavy casualties. On his third
reconnaissance he discovered the gun position and personally
silenced it, killing or wounding the crew. The third
counterattack made by the enemy was initiated by a small
detachment in advance of the enemy attacking wave. When almost
within reach of the American line the enemy appeared behind
them, attacking vigorously and causing heavy casualties in the
American platoon. First Lieutenant Schaffner mounted the parapet
and used his pistol and grenades to kill a number of enemy
soldiers, finally reaching the officer leading the attacking
forces and mortally wounding him with his pistol. He dragged him
back to the company's trench, securing from him valuable
information as to the enemy's strength and position which
enabled him to maintain for five hours the advanced position of
his company despite the fact that it was surrounded on three
sides by strong enemy forces.