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.
January 03, 1927 at Portsmouth, VA
Service in the US Army from Portsmouth, VA
08, 1953 at the age of 26
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism
July 07 & 08, 1953 at Pork Chop Hill, Sokkogae,
Lieutenant Shea was supervising reinforcement of defensive
positions when the enemy attacked with great numerical
superiority. Voluntarily proceeding to the area most threatened,
he organized and led a counterattack and killed two hostile
soldiers with his trench knife. Calmly moving among the men,
checking positions, steadying and urging the troops to hold
firm, he fought side by side with them through the night. At
dawn the enemy made an attempt to overrun friendly elements.
Charging forward to meet the challenge, Lieutenant Shea and his
men drove back the hostile troops. Company G joined the defense
on July 7, having lost key personnel through casualties.
Integrating these troops into his unit, Shea rallied 20 men and
again charged the enemy. Although wounded he refused evacuation
and continued to lead the counterattack. When the assaulting
element was pinned down he personally rushed the emplacement
firing his carbine and lobbing grenades, neutralizing the weapon
and killing three of the enemy. He directed a holding action
throughout the night and the following morning. On 8 July, the
enemy attacked again. Despite additional wounds, he launched a
determined counterattack and was last seen in close hand-to-hand
combat with the enemy.