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Ludovicus M.M. Van Iersel



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  October 19, 1893 at Dussen, Holland

Entered Service in the US Army from Glen Rock, NJ

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I For heroism on November 09, 1918 at Mouzon, France

DIED:  June 09, 1987 at the age of 93

Sergeant Van Iersel earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Mouzon, France, during the advance upon enemy positions. While a member of the reconnaissance patrol, sent out at night to ascertain the condition of a damaged bridge, Sergeant Van Iersel volunteered to lead a party across the bridge in the face of heavy machinegun and rifle fire from a range of only 75 yards. Crawling alone along the debris of the ruined bridge he came upon a trap, which gave away and caused him to fall into the water. In spite of the swift current he succeeded in swimming across the stream and found a lodging place among the timbers on the opposite bank. Disregarding the enemy fire, he made a careful investigation of the hostile position by which the bridge was defended and then returned to the other bank of the river, reporting this valuable information to the battalion commander.



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