EJN Remembrance #14: Finale

Edward G. Nilges, “Portrait of Edward Joseph Nilges, 1915-1945”, acrylic on canvas, oval, 20 * 60 cm, Sep 2010

Edward Joseph Nilges, son of William and Josephine née Hochwalt. B. 1914, Cleveland OH. Schools: Cathedral Latin School and John Carroll University (BA).

United States Army, 1940-1945. Second and First Lieutenant, Captain.

442nd Regimental Combat Team: “Nisei”, “Go for Broke”. In action Vosges Mtns., France, and Po Valley, Italy.

KIA 6 April, 1945 in a key engagement against German troops at Mt. Folgorito.

Silver Star, Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation.

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam;
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.


O anima cortese mantoana, O courteous Mantuan spirit,
di cui la fama ancor nel mondo dura, whose fame continues in the world
e durerà quanto ‘l mondo lontana, and shall continue while the world endures,

l’amico mio, e non de la ventura, my friend, who is no friend of Fortune,
ne la diserta piaggia è impedito is so hindered on his way upon the desert slope
sì nel cammin, che vòlt’ è per paura; that, in his terror, he has turned back,

e temo che non sia già sì smarrito, and, from what I hear of him in Heaven,
ch’io mi sia tardi al soccorso levata, I fear he has gone so far astray
per quel ch’i’ ho di lui nel cielo udito. that I arose too late to help him.

Or movi, e con la tua parola ornata Set out, and with your polished words
e con ciò c’ha mestieri al suo campare, and whatever else is needed for his safety,
l’aiuta sì ch’i’ ne sia consolata. go to his aid, that I may be consoled.

I’ son Beatrice che ti faccio andare; I who bid you go am Beatrice.
vegno del loco ove tornar disio; I come from where I most desire to return.
amor mi mosse, che mi fa parlare. The love that moved me makes me speak.

Dante Aligheri, La Divina Commedia: l’Inferno, canto II
Princeton Dante Project

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