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Thomas W. Wigle

 

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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.

Arlington National Cemetery
  34-3307 

BORN:  May 18, 1909 at Indianapolis, IN

Entered Service in the US Army from Detroit, MI

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism on September 14, 1944 at Monte Frassino, Italy

DIED:  September 16, 1944 at the age of 35

Attempting to seize a strongly fortified hill position protected by three parallel high terraced stone walls, one platoon of Second Lieutenant Wigle's company was twice thrown back by a withering crossfire. As acting company executive, he observed that the platoon was without an officer and volunteered to command it on the next attack. Leading his men up the rocky slopes through intense fire, he succeeded in reaching the first of the stone walls. He climbed to the top and perching there in full view of the enemy, drawing and returning their fire while his men helped each other up and over. Following this method he successfully negotiated the second. Upon reaching the top of the third wall, he faced three houses which were the key point of the enemy defense. Ordering his men to cover him, he dashed through a hail of enemy fire to the nearest house. Firing his carbine as he entered, he drove the enemy out the back door and into the second house. Following closely he drove them from this house into the third where they took refuge in the cellar. When his men found him he was mortally wounded on the cellar stairs which he had started to descend to force the surrender of the enemy. His heroic action resulted in the capture of 36 German soldiers.

 

 

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