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Charles N. Deglopper



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.

Maple Grove Cemetery

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Born:  November 30, 1921 at Grand Island, NY

Entered Service in the US Army from Grand Island, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism June 09, 1944 at Merderet River at La Fiere, France

Died:  June 09, 1944 at the age of 22

At dawn Private First Class Deglopper's platoon had penetrated an outer line of machineguns and riflemen, but in so doing had become cut off from the rest of the company. Vastly superior forces began a decimation of the stricken unit and began a flanking maneuver which would have completely exposed the American platoon in a shallow roadside ditch where it had taken cover. PFC DeGlopper volunteered to support his comrades by fire from his automatic rifle while they attempted a withdrawal through a break in a hedgerow 40 yards to the rear. He walked from the ditch onto the road in full view of the Germans, and sprayed the hostile positions with assault fire. He was wounded but he continued firing. Struck again, he started to fall; and yet his grim determination and valiant fighting spirit could not be broken. Kneeling in the roadway, he leveled his heavy weapon against the enemy and fired burst after burst until killed outright. He was successful in drawing the enemy action away from his fellow soldiers, who continued the fight from a more advantageous position and established the first bridgehead over the Merderet. In the area where he made his intrepid stand his comrades later found the ground strewn with dead Germans and many machineguns and automatic weapons which he had knocked out of action.



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