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 15, 1919 at Torrance, CA
Service in the US Army from Fort MacArthur, CA
6, 1944 at the age of 24
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
July 7, 1944 at Molina
A. Ventoabbto, Italy
Sergeant Tanouye led his platoon in an attack to capture the
crest of a strategically important hill that afforded little
cover. Observing an enemy machine gun crew placing its gun to
his left front, Sergeant Tanouye crept forward a few yards and
opened fire, killing or wounding three and causing two others to
disperse. An enemy machine pistol opened fire on him but he
returned fire and killed or wounded three more enemy. Advancing
forward, he was hit by grenade bursts which wounded his left
arm. Sighting an enemy-held trench, he raked it with fire from
his submachine gun and wounded several of the enemy. Running out
of ammunition, he crawled 20 yards to get several clips from a
comrade on his left flank. Sighting an enemy machine pistol that
had pinned down his men, he crawled forward and threw a hand
grenade into the position. He then located another enemy machine
gun firing down the slope of the hill, opened fire on it, and
silenced that position. Drawing fire from a machine pistol nest
located above him, he opened fire on it and wounded three of its
occupants. Finally taking his objective, Technical Sergeant
Tanouye organized a defensive position on the reverse slope of
the hill before accepting first aid treatment and evacuation.