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Gerald Leon Endl



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.

St. Joseph's Cemetery

Born:  August 20, 1915 at Fort Atkinson, WI

Entered Service in the US Army from Janesville, WI

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism July 11, 1944 at Anamo, New Guinea

Died:  July 11, 1944 at the age of 28

Staff Sergeant 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.



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