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.
November 23, 1882 at Columbus, OH
Entered Service in the US
Marine Corps from Ohio
The Medal of Honor During the Haitian Campaign 1915 For
heroism on October 24, 1915 at Fort Dipitie, Haiti
May 18, 1969 at the age of 86
with members of the 15th Company of Marines, all mounted, First
Lieutenant Ostermann left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-day
reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of October 24, 1915,
while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was
suddenly fired upon from three sides by about 400 Cacos
concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine
detachment fought its way forward to a good position, which it
maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous
fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, First Lieutenant Ostermann, in
command of one of the three squads which advanced in three
different directions, led his men forward, surprising and
scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie.
Others earning Medals of Honor in this action were: Gunnery
Sergeant Daniel Daly (2nd Award) and Captain William Upshur.