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.
June 28, 1923 at Lansing, OH
Service in the US Army from Blaine, OH
02, 1945 at the age of 21
Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism
February 01 & 02, 1945 at Oberhoffen, France
one building of opposition, Sergeant Deleau moved his men toward
a second house from which heavy machinegun fire came. He
courageously exposed himself to hostile bullets and, firing his
submachine gun as he went, advanced steadily toward the enemy
position until close enough to hurl grenades through a window,
killing three Germans. His progress was stopped by heavy rifle
and machinegun fire from another house. Sergeant Deleau dashed
through the door with his gun blazing. Within, he captured ten
Germans. The squad then took up a position for the night and
awaited daylight to resume the attack. At dawn the next day
Sergeant Deleau pressed forward with his unit, killing two
snipers as he advanced to a point where machinegun fire from a
house barred the way. Despite vicious small-arms fire, Sergeant
Deleau ran across an open area to reach the rear of the
building, where he destroyed one machinegun and killed its two
operators with a grenade. He worked to the front of the
structure and located a second machinegun. Finding it impossible
to toss a grenade into the house from his protected position, he
fearlessly moved away from the building and was about to hurl
his explosive when he was instantly killed by a burst from the
gun he sought to knock out.