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.
February 08, 1918 at
Service in the US Marine Corps from West Virginia
07, 1943 at the age of 25
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
November 07, 1943 at Koromokina River,
Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands
several of his men were struck by enemy bullets as he led his
squad through dense jungle undergrowth in the face of severe
hostile machinegun fire during the battle at the Koromokina
River in Bougainville islands, Sergeant Thomas and his group
fearlessly pressed forward into the center of the Japanese
position and destroyed the crews of two machineguns by accurate
rifle fire and grenades. Discovering a third gun more difficult
to approach, he carefully placed his men closely around him in
strategic positions from which they were to charge after he had
thrown a grenade into the emplacement. When the grenade struck
vines and fell back into the midst of the group, Sergeant Thomas
deliberately flung himself upon it to smother the explosion,
valiantly sacrificing his life for his comrades. Inspired by his
selfless action, his men unhesitatingly charged the enemy
machinegun and, with fierce determination, killed the crew and
several other nearby-defenders. The splendid initiative and
extremely heroic conduct of Sergeant Thomas in carrying out his
prompt decision with full knowledge of his fate reflect great
credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly
gave his life for his country.