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.
Born: August 20, 1915 at Fort Atkinson, WI
Service in the US Army from Janesville, WI
11, 1944 at the age of 28
The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 11,
1944 at Anamo, New Guinea
Endl was at the head of the leading platoon of his company
advancing along a jungle trail when a fire fight developed. The
enemy attacked in force under heavy rifle, machinegun, and
grenade fire. His platoon leader wounded, Staff Sergeant Endl
assumed command and deployed his platoon. As he advanced, he
detected the enemy, supported by at least six light and two
heavy machineguns, attempting an enveloping movement around both
flanks. His commanding officer sent a second platoon to move up
on the left flank, but the enemy closed in rapidly, placing our
force in imminent danger of being isolated and annihilated.
Twelve members of his platoon were wounded, seven being cut off
by the enemy. These seven men would be hopelessly trapped and at
the mercy of a vicious enemy, and Endl resolved to advance at
all cost in an effort to rescue his comrades. He went forward
alone and for ten minutes engaged the enemy in a close-range
fight while his men crawled forward under cover to evacuate the
wounded. Courageously refusing to abandon four more wounded men
who were lying along the trail, one-by-one he brought them back
to safety. As he was carrying the last man in his arms he was
struck by a heavy burst of automatic fire and was killed.