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.
Born: January 26, 1919 at Manawa, WI
Service in the US Army from Manawa, WI
26, 1950 at the age of 31
The Medal of Honor During the Korean War For heroism August 25
& 26, 1950 at Sobuk San Mountain, Korea
Sergeant Handrich's company was engaged in repulsing an
estimated 150 enemy who were threatening to overrun its
position. Near midnight a hostile group of more than 100 enemy
soldiers attempted to infiltrate the company perimeter. Master
Sergeant Handrich, despite the heavy enemy fire, voluntarily
left the safety of the defensive area and moved to a forward
position where he could direct mortar and artillery fire and
remained at this post for 8 hours directing fire against the
enemy who often approached to within 50 feet of his position. On
the next morning another strong hostile force attempted to
overrun the company's position. Master Sergeant Handrich rose
and from this exposed position fired his rifle and directed
mortar and artillery fire on the attackers. When he observed
elements of his company preparing to withdraw, he made his way
across fire-swept terrain to the defense area where, by example
and forceful leadership, he reorganized the men to continue the
fight. During the action Master Sergeant Handrich was severely
wounded but refused to be evacuated. Later a determined enemy
attack overran his position and he was mortally wounded. When
the position was retaken, over 70 enemy dead were counted in the
area he had so intrepidly defended.