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John William Heard

 

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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:  March 27, 1860 at Woodstock, MS

Entered Service in the US Army from Mississippi

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Spanish-American War For heroism July 23, 1898 at Bahia Honda, Cuba

Died:  February 04, 1922 at the age of 61

Lieutenant John Heard was the commander of a small element of the 3rd US Cavalry, dispatched from Florida on an ammunition and supply ship, the USS Wanderer, to re-supply insurgent forces in Cuba. After landing only six miles from a strong Spanish fort at Bahia Hondo to deliver ammunition and supplies to the native allies of the American forces in Cuba, Heard's small detachment was attacked by a vastly superior enemy force. Heard's leadership and valor enabled his men to organize and resist, whereupon he ordered a withdrawal to their ship. During the return to the Wanderer, the Spanish attacked again, taking the Americans and Cubans under heavy fire. While any number of these actions might have qualified Lieutenant Heard for the Medal of Honor, his citation actually cites him for heroism in the withdrawal stating: "After 2 men had been shot down by Spaniards while transmitting orders to the engine-room on the Wanderer, the ship having become disabled, this officer took the position held by them and personally transmitted the orders, remaining at his post until the ship was out of danger."

 

 

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