Charles N. DeGlopper, U.S. Army
and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army,
Co. C, 325th Glider Infantry, 82d Airborne Division.
and date: Merderet River at la Fiere, France, 9 June
service at: Grand Island, N.Y.
Grand Island, N.Y. G.O. No.: 22, 28 February 1946.
was a member of Company C, 325th Glider Infantry,
on 9 June 1944 advancing with the forward platoon
to secure a bridgehead across the Merderet River at
La Fiere, France. At dawn the 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 put in motion a flanking maneuver which would
have completely exposed the American platoon in a
shallow roadside ditch where it had taken cover. Detecting
this danger, 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. Scorning a concentration of
enemy automatic weapons and rifle fire, 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, weakened by his grievous wounds, 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. Pfc. DeGlopper's gallant sacrifice
and unflinching heroism while facing unsurmountable
odds were in great measure responsible for a highly
important tactical victory in the Normandy Campaign.
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