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John Hugh Catherwood



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.

Camp Butler National Cemetery

Born:  August 07, 1888 at Springfield, IL

Entered Service in the US Navy from Illinois

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Philippines Insurrection For heroism September 24, 1911 at Mundang, Basilan Island, Philippine Islands

Died:  December 18, 1930 at the age of 42

The USS Pampanga was one of four gunboats of the U.S. Navy "Mosquito Fleet" assigned to patrol Philippine waters and contain the native Moros from insurrection. Ordinary Seaman John Catherwood was one of six men awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism as part of a shore party dispatched to capture Mundang, on the island of Basilan, on September 24, 1911. Advancing with the scout party to reconnoiter a group of nipa huts close to the trail, he unhesitatingly entered the open area before the huts, when his party was suddenly taken under point-blank fire and charged by approximately 20 enemy Moros coming out from inside the native huts and from other concealed positions. Struck down almost instantly by the outlaws' deadly fire, Ordinary Seaman Catherwood, although unable to rise, rallied to the defense of his leader and fought desperately to beat off the hostile attack. By his valiant effort under fire and in the face of great odds, Catherwood contributed materially toward the destruction and rout of the enemy.



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