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.
October 24, 1916 at Dilltown, PA
Service in the US Army from Riverside, NJ
23, 1944 at the age of 27
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
May 23, 1944 at Ponte Rotto, Italy
Rotto, Italy, Private First Class Dutko left the cover of an
abandoned enemy trench at the height of an artillery
concentration in a single-handed attack upon three machineguns
and an 88mm mobile gun. Despite the intense fire of these four
weapons which were aimed directly at him, PFC Dutko ran 100
yards through the impact area and continued his one-man assault.
Although machinegun bullets kicked up the dirt at his heels, and
88mm. Shells exploded within 30 yards of him, PFC Dutko made his
way to a point within 30 yards of the first enemy machinegun and
killed both gunners with a hand grenade. Although the second
machinegun wounded him, knocking him to the ground, PFC Dutko
regained his feet and advanced on the 88mm. Gun, firing his
automatic rifle from the hip. When he came within ten yards of
this weapon he killed its five-man crew. Wheeling on the
machinegun which had wounded him, PFC Dutko killed the gunner
and his assistant. The third German machinegun fired on him from
a position 20 yards distant wounding him a second time as he
proceeded toward the enemy weapon in a half run. He killed both
members of its crew with a single burst from his Browning
automatic rifle, continued toward the gun and died, his body
falling across the dead German crew.