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George Francis Henrechon



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.

Mount St. Benedict Cemetery

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Born:  November 22, 1885 at Hartford, CT

Entered Service in the US Navy from California

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

Died:  August 16, 1929 at the age of 43

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. Machinist's Mate Second Class George Henrechon 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. Ordered to take station within 100 yards of a group of nipa huts close to the trail, Machinist's Mate Henrechon advanced and stood guard as the leader and his scout party first searched the surrounding deep grasses, then moved into the open area before the huts. Instantly enemy Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and approximately 20 Moros rushed the small group from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. Henrechon, responding to the calls for help, was one of the first on the scene. When his rifle jammed after the first shot, he closed in with his rifle, using it as a club to break the stock over the head of the nearest Moro and then, drawing his pistol, started in pursuit of the fleeing outlaws. His aggressive charging of the enemy under heavy fire and in the face of great odds contributed materially to the success of the engagement.



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