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.
February 18, 1871 at Urbanna, VA
Entered Service in the US
Marine Corps from Washington, DC
09, 1916 at the age of 45
The Medal of Honor During the China Relief For heroism on July
13, 1900 at Tientsin, China
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. The 1st Regiment (Marines) under
Major Littleton Waller arrived in China on June 19 and tried to
seize Tientsin, but was driven back. On June 23 Waller's Marines
finally entered the Tientsin, where they held tenuously until
reinforced by U.S. Army troops on July 12. In a major engagement
the following day Sergeant Clarence Sutton, Headquarter clerk
for the 1st Regiment, distinguished himself on the firing line.
When First Lieutenant Smedley Butler was wounded and lying in a
dangerous position, Sergeant Sutton joined First Lieutenant
Henry Leonard in carrying the wounded officer to safety at great
personal risk to their own lives.Four other Marines, all cited
for meritorious conduct in the engagement, were Sergeant John
Adams, Corporal Harry Adriance, Private James Cooney, and
Private Clarence Mathias. Three members of the U.S. Army also
earned Medals of Honor in the action of July 13.