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.
Retired MSgt Leo Bolick
visiting PFC Wetzel's grave 1990
Leo was Wetzel's Platoon Sergeant and one of the men PFC Wetzel gave
his life to save.
at Huntington, WV
Entered Service in the US
Army from Roseville, MI
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism April 03,
1945 at Birken, Germany
Class Wetzel, an acting squad leader with an anti-tank company,
was guarding his platoon's command post in a house at Birken,
Germany, when he detected strong enemy forces moving in to
attack. He ran into the house, alerted the occupants and
immediately began defending the post against heavy automatic
weapons fire coming from the hostile troops. Under cover of
darkness the Germans forced their way close to the building
where they hurled grenades, two of which landed in the room
where Private First Class Wetzel and the others had taken up
firing positions. Shouting a warning to his fellow soldiers,
Private First Class Wetzel threw himself on the grenades and, as
they exploded, absorbed their entire blast, suffering wounds
from which he died. The supreme gallantry of Private First Class
Wetzel saved his comrades from death or serious injury and made
it possible for them to continue the defense of the command post
and break the power of a dangerous local counterthrust by the