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.
May 18, 1909 at Indianapolis, IN
Entered Service in the US
Army from Detroit, MI
16, 1944 at the age of 35
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism on
September 14, 1944 at Monte Frassino, Italy
seize a strongly fortified hill position protected by three
parallel high terraced stone walls, one platoon of Second
Lieutenant Wigle's company was twice thrown back by a withering
crossfire. As acting company executive, he observed that the
platoon was without an officer and volunteered to command it on
the next attack. Leading his men up the rocky slopes through
intense fire, he succeeded in reaching the first of the stone
walls. He climbed to the top and perching there in full view of
the enemy, drawing and returning their fire while his men helped
each other up and over. Following this method he successfully
negotiated the second. Upon reaching the top of the third wall,
he faced three houses which were the key point of the enemy
defense. Ordering his men to cover him, he dashed through a hail
of enemy fire to the nearest house. Firing his carbine as he
entered, he drove the enemy out the back door and into the
second house. Following closely he drove them from this house
into the third where they took refuge in the cellar. When his
men found him he was mortally wounded on the cellar stairs which
he had started to descend to force the surrender of the enemy.
His heroic action resulted in the capture of 36 German soldiers.