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.
December 22, 1876 at Evansville, IN
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Indiana
12, 1940 at the age of 63
The Medal of Honor During the Mexican Campaign For heroism on
April 21 - 22, 1914 at Vera Cruz, Mexico
In an effort to
force out General Victoriano Huerta, who had seized the presidency
of Mexico in a bloody coup d' etat, President Woodrow Wilson sent
three Navy vessels to Vera Cruz under the command of Rear Admiral
Frank Friday Fletcher. On the morning of April 21 nearly 1,500
American combat troops were put ashore, and that night another
1,500 reinforcements landed. By noon on April 22nd the American
forces had taken control of the city. In the two day action
Fletcher lost 17 men killed, 63 wounded. The Mexicans had nearly
800 dead or wounded. Lieutenant Commander Allen Buchanan commanded
the 1st Seaman Regiment (Bluejackets) through two days of combat,
beginning with the initial landing on the first day of the
engagement. " His duties required him to be at points of
great danger in directing his officers and men, and he exhibited
conspicuous courage, coolness, and skill in his conduct of the
fighting. Upon his courage and skill depended, in great measure,
success or Failure. His responsibilities were great, and he met
them in a manner worthy of commendation."