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.
April 06, 1862 at Massachusetts
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Massachusetts
14, 1927 at the age of 65
The Medal of Honor During the China Relief For heroism on June
13 & 20 - 22, 1900 at China
Early at the
turn of the century a rebel force in China that called itself the
Society of "Righteous and Harmonious Fists",
subsequently called the "Boxers", initiated a rebellion
in China that threatened the legations of several nations in
Peking and Tientsen. Two detachments of Navy Bluejackets and
Marines from the U.S.S. Oregon and U.S.S. Newark were dispatched
as guards for the American Legations. On June 13 an estimated
50,000 Boxers began a two-month siege on Peking during which seven
men received Medals of Honor for repulsing an attack by 300
militants with a bayonet charge. On June 20 the American guard
fought a full-day battle against hidden snipers, and on June 21
turned fought a heated battle against a Chinese cavalry charge. On
June 22 the Bluejackets and Marines fought their way through the
wall of an enemy fort. Coxswain Francis Ryan was one of twenty
members of this American Legation Guard (of 59 total awards during
the Boxer Rebellion) to be awarded the Medal of Honor for
meritorious conduct in the presence of the enemy during all four
of these engagements.