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Edward Orrick McDonnell



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:  November 13, 1891 at Baltimore, MD

Entered Service in the US Navy from Maryland

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Mexican Campaign For heroism on April 21 - 22, 1914 at Vera Cruz, Mexico

DIED:  January 06, 1960 at the age of 68

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. Ensign Edward McDonnell maintained a signal station on the roof of the Terminal Hotel, from which he maintained communication between the ships and the ground troops combating enemy forces in the city. Though one man in his station was killed and three wounded beside him, he ignored the heavy enemy attacks on the important signal station for two days to insure that communications continued unabated throughout some of the heaviest periods of fighting.
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.



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