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.
March 20, 1912 at West Haven, CT
Service in the US Army from West Haven, CT
20, 1980 at the age of 68
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
December 17, 1944 at Rocherath, Belgium
After a heavy
artillery barrage had wounded and forced the withdrawal of his
assistant, Private First Class Soderman heard enemy tanks
approaching the position where he calmly waited in gathering
darkness until the five Mark V tanks were within pointblank
range. He then stood up and launched a rocket into the lead
tank, setting it afire and forcing its crew to abandon it as the
other tanks pressed on before he could reload. He remained at
his post all night under severe artillery, mortar, and
machinegun fire, awaiting the next onslaught, which was made
shortly after dawn by five more tanks Running along a ditch to
meet them, he leaped to the road in full view of the tank
gunners, aimed his weapon and disabled the lead tank. The other
vehicles, thwarted by a deep ditch in their attempt to go around
the crippled machine, withdrew. Returning to his post PFC
Soderman killed at least three Germans and wounded several
others. Orders were issued for withdrawal to an assembly area,
where PFC Soderman was located when he once more heard enemy
tanks approaching. Once more he disabled the lead tank with his
last rocket before machinegun bullets from the tank ripped into
his right shoulder. Unarmed and wounded he dragged himself to
the American lines and was evacuated.