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 19, 1893 at Dussen, Holland
Entered Service in the US
Army from Glen Rock, NJ
09, 1987 at the age of 93
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I
For heroism on
November 09, 1918 at Mouzon, France
Iersel earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Mouzon, France,
during the advance upon enemy positions. While a member of the
reconnaissance patrol, sent out at night to ascertain the
condition of a damaged bridge, Sergeant Van Iersel volunteered to
lead a party across the bridge in the face of heavy machinegun and
rifle fire from a range of only 75 yards. Crawling alone along the
debris of the ruined bridge he came upon a trap, which gave away
and caused him to fall into the water. In spite of the swift
current he succeeded in swimming across the stream and found a
lodging place among the timbers on the opposite bank. Disregarding
the enemy fire, he made a careful investigation of the hostile
position by which the bridge was defended and then returned to the
other bank of the river, reporting this valuable information to
the battalion commander.