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.
December 10, 1913 at Florence, TX
Service in the US Army from Georgetown, TX
02, 1986 at the age of 72
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
December 27, 1944 at Sigolsheim,
house-to-house fighting through the fortress town of Sigolsheim,
France, First Lieutenant Whiteley attacked a building through a
street swept by withering mortar and automatic weapons fire. He
was hit and severely wounded in the arm and shoulder; but
charged into the house alone and killed its two defenders.
Hurling smoke and fragmentation grenades, he reached the next
house and stormed inside, killing two and capturing 11 of the
enemy. He continued leading his platoon in the dangerous task of
clearing hostile troops from strong points along the street
until he reached a building held by fanatical Nazi troops.
Although suffering from wounds which had rendered his left arm
useless, he advanced on this strongly defended house, and after
blasting out a wall with bazooka fire, charged through a hail of
bullets. Wedging his submachine gun under his uninjured arm, he
rushed into the house through the hole torn by his rockets,
killed five of the enemy and forced the remaining 12 to
surrender. Hit again and in agony with one eye pierced by a
shell fragment, he shouted for his men to follow him to the next
house. First Lieutenant Whiteley killed nine Germans, captured
23 more and spearheaded an attack which cracked the core of
enemy resistance in a vital area.