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.
May 30, 1876 at Hubbard, OH
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Ohio
19, 1936 at the age of 59
Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I
For heroism on
September 17, 1917 at At Sea Aboard Ship
First Class McGunigal earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near
at sea while serving as a member of the crew of the U.S.S.
Huntington. While the Huntington was passing through the war
zone, a kite balloon was sent up with Lieutenant (j.g.) H. W.
Hoyt, U.S. Navy, as observer. When the balloon was about 400
feet in the air, the temperature suddenly dropped, causing the
balloon to descend about 200 feet, when it was struck by a
squall. The balloon was hauled to the ship's side, but the
basket trailed in the water and the pilot was submerged.
Shipfitter First Class McGunigal, with great daring, climbed
down the side of the ship, jumped to the ropes leading to the
basket, and cleared the tangle enough to get the pilot out of
them. He then helped the pilot to get clear, put a bowline
around him, and enabled him to be hauled to the deck. A bowline
was then lowered to McGunigal and he was taken safely aboard.