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 18, 1880 at Delaplane, VA
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Virginia
12, 1945 at the age of 64
The Medal of Honor During the Peace Time Awards For heroism on
July 21, 1905 at San Diego, CA
On July 21,
1905, while at San Diego, California, a deadly boiler explosion
ripped through the U.S.S. Bennington. Of the ships 197 officers
and crew, 62 were killed and more than 40 were wounded. Hospital
Steward William Shacklette was one of ten members of the
Bennington's crew who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic
actions to rescue comrades and minimize damage in the explosion
and resulting fires.
Others awarded Medals of Honor for this action were: Carpenter's
Mate Second Class George Brock, Chief Gunner's Mate John Clausey,
Boatswain's Mate William Cronan, Quartermaster Third Class
Raymond Davis, Watertender Emil Fredericksen, Seaman Rade
Grbitch, Ship's Cook First Class Frank Hill, Machinist's Mate
Oscar Nelson, and Seaman Otto Schmidt