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Charles Robert Francis



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.

Hollywood Cemetery

Born:  May 19, 1873 at Doylestown, PA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Philadelphia, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the China Relief For heroism June 21, 1900 at Tientsin, China

Died:  July 15, 1946 at the age of 73

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 Tietsen. The 1st Regiment (Marines) arrived in China on June 19 and tried to seize Tientsin, but was driven back. While still retreating on June 21, Marine Private Charles Carter was accidentally left behind after breaking a leg, and was last seen hiding in a ditch. Lieutenants Hardy and Smedley Butler led four enlisted Marines back to rescue their comrade. Private Charles Francis was one of four enlisted Marines who received the Medal of Honor for the rescue in which two men formed a rear guard to cover the two officers and two other enlisted men as they carried Private Carter 7 miles in four hours, all while under fire. The two Marine officers received brevets for this action. Private Campbell's comrades who also received Medals of Honor in this action were: Sergeant Alexander Foley, Private Albert Campbell, and Private Thomas Kates.



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