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George Henry Wanton



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:  May 15, 1868 at Paterson, NJ

Entered Service in the US Army from Paterson, NJ

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Spanish-American War For heroism on June 30, 1898 at Tayabacoa, Cuba

DIED:  November 27, 1940 at the age of 72

On June 30, 1898 a recon element was landed at Tayacoba, Cuba. This small element came under heavy fire and tried to return to their transport ships, only to find that enemy fire had destroyed their small landing boats. Surrounded and outnumbered, they were at the mercy of the enemy. Four rescue efforts were mounted, all unsuccessful. When darkness fell, Private Wanton and three other members of the 10th US Cavalry volunteered to land in a small boat to attempt a rescue. Despite almost immediate enemy fire, the four soldiers worked their way through the jungle to locate all members still surviving, directing them to the beach and then returning with them to the transport ship.

(Others involved in this action: Dennis Bell, Fitz Lee, William Thompkins)



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