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, 1925 at
Service in the US Army from Pleasant Grove, UT
17, 1945 at the age of 20
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
January 25, 1945 at Rosenkrantz,
Class Valdez was on outpost duty with five others when the enemy
counterattacked with overwhelming strength. From his position
near some woods 500 yards beyond American lines he saw a hostile
tank 75 yards away, and raked it with automatic rifle fire until
it withdrew. Soon afterward he saw three Germans approaching
through the woods. As the enemy opened up from a range of 30
yards, he engaged in a fire fight with them until he had killed
all three. The enemy launched an attack with two companies of
infantrymen, blasting the patrol with murderous concentrations
of automatic and rifle fire and beginning an encircling movement
which forced a withdrawal. PFC Valdez volunteered to cover the
maneuver, and as the patrol plunged through a hail of bullets
toward American lines, he fired burst after burst into the
swarming enemy. Three of his companions were wounded and he was
struck by a bullet that entered his stomach and emerged from his
back. Overcoming agonizing pain, he regained control and resumed
his firing position, delivering a protective screen of bullets
until all others of the patrol were safe. For 15 minutes he held
off more than 200 of the enemy, then dragged himself back to his
own lines. He died later as a result of his wounds.