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Thomas C. Cooney

 

TAPS

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.

US Naval Academy Cemetery
  Lot 254  

Born:  July 18, 1853 at Westport, Nova Scotia, Canada

Entered Service in the US Navy from New Jersey

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Spanish-American War For heroism May 11, 1898 at Cardenas, Cuba

Died:  January 08, 1907 at the age of 53

On the afternoon of May 11, 1898 the torpedo boat WINSLOW was involved with other American Naval vessels in action against the Spanish fleet at Cardenas, Cuba. Ordered to engage the enemy at close range, the 25-crew WINSLOW attacked the enemy vessels when it came under fire from hidden shore batteries. At about 2:30 in the afternoon a 4-inch shell from these batteries pierced the Winslow's starboard side, destroying the forward boiler and the starboard engine and disabling the steering gear. In the dangerous fire that swept across the ship, Chief Machinist Thomas Cooney was conspicuous by his courage in extinguishing the fires throughout the disabled ship thus preserving the boiler tubes, and for his actions to keep his vessel afloat until it could be towed to safety by the USS Hudson. 
(Others involved in this action: George Brady, Hans Johnsen)

 

 

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