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.
November 30, 1921 at Grand Island, NY
Service in the US Army from Grand Island, NY
09, 1944 at the age of 22
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
June 09, 1944 at Merderet River at La Fiere,
Private First Class Deglopper's platoon had penetrated an outer
line of machineguns and riflemen, but in so doing had become cut
off from the rest of the company. Vastly superior forces began a
decimation of the stricken unit and began a flanking maneuver
which would have completely exposed the American platoon in a
shallow roadside ditch where it had taken cover. PFC DeGlopper
volunteered to support his comrades by fire from his automatic
rifle while they attempted a withdrawal through a break in a
hedgerow 40 yards to the rear. He walked from the ditch onto the
road in full view of the Germans, and sprayed the hostile
positions with assault fire. He was wounded but he continued
firing. Struck again, he started to fall; and yet his grim
determination and valiant fighting spirit could not be broken.
Kneeling in the roadway, he leveled his heavy weapon against the
enemy and fired burst after burst until killed outright. He was
successful in drawing the enemy action away from his fellow
soldiers, who continued the fight from a more advantageous
position and established the first bridgehead over the Merderet.
In the area where he made his intrepid stand his comrades later
found the ground strewn with dead Germans and many machineguns
and automatic weapons which he had knocked out of action.