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Clarence Edward Mathias



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
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, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  December 12, 1876 at Royalton, PA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Pennsylvania

Earned The Medal of Honor During the China Relief For heroism on July 13, 1900 at Tientsin, China

DIED:  December 09, 1935 at the age of 58

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. The 1st Regiment (Marines) under Major Littleton Waller arrived in China on June 19 and tried to seize Tientsin, but was driven back. On June 23 Waller's Marines finally entered the Tientsin, where they held tenuously until reinforced by U.S. Army troops on July 12. In a major engagement the following day, Sergeant John Adams was one of four Marines cited for "meritorious conduct" in the engagements at Tientsin. One additional Marine and three US Army soldiers also earned Medals of Honor in the same battle at Tientsin.The three other Marines cited for meritorious conduct were Sergeant John Adams, Corporal Harry Adriance, and Private James Cooney. Marine Sergeant Clarence Sutton also earned a Medal of Honor in this action for saving the life of Lieutenant Smedley Butler after he had been wounded in action.



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