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.
January 03, 1876 at Brewster, NY
Entered Service in the US
Navy from New York, NY
25, 1945 at the age of 69
The Medal of Honor During the China Relief For heroism on June 13 &
20 - 22, 1900 at Wu-Tsing-Hune, China.
Earned a SECOND AWARD
of the Medal
of Honor During the Mexican Campaign For heroism on
April 22, 1914 at Vera Cruz, Mexico.
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 John
McCloy 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.
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. Chief
Boatswain's Mate John McCloy lead three picket launches along
the sea front to draw enemy fire, thus enabling friendly
cruisers to rescue men onshore. McCloy continued in this
desperate mission, despite being wounded himself.
Though the United States occupied Vera Cruz for seven months
following the initial landing, the men who landed at Vera Cruz
on April 21 - 22 accomplished their mission in two days, and
returned to their vessels within the same week.