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.
December 01, 1916 at Decatur, IL
Service in the US Army from Decatur, IL
23, 1966 at the age of 49
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
January 09 & 10, 1945
at Hatten, France
Sergeant Bertoldo was guarding two command posts against the
assault of infantry and armored forces and, for more than 48
hours without rest or relief, killed at least 40 hostile
soldiers and wounded many more. He set up his gun in the street,
for almost 12 hours driving back attacks. Inside the command
post he remained steadfast in the face of 88-mm fire from tanks
only 75 yards away. When two enemy personnel carriers led by a
tank moved toward his position, he calmly waited for the troops
to dismount and then mowed down the entire group of more than 20
Germans. He broke up a heavy attack, launched by a
self-propelled 88-mm gun covered by a tank and about 15
infantrymen. An 88-mm weapon moved within a few feet of his
position placing the muzzle of its gun almost inside the
building, and fired, knocking him down and wounding others.
Dazed as he was he killed several of the hostile troops as they
attempted to withdraw. Disregarding a devastating barrage, he
remained at his post and hurled white phosphorous grenades into
the advancing enemy troops until they broke and retreated. A
tank less than 50 yards away fired at his stronghold, destroyed
the machinegun and blew him across the room again but he once
more returned to the bitter fight.