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Bernard John Dowling Irwin



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:  June 24, 1830 at Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism February 13 & 14, 1861 at Apache Pass, AZ

Died:  December 15, 1927 at the age of 97

*Performed the FIRST MOH action in history

When Cochise, Chief of the Chiricahua Indians, was pursued into Apache Pass, Arizona by 2d Lieutenant George Bascom and 60 men early in 1861, the cavalry was trapped in the pass by a large number of Indians. Being early in the year, the pass became snow-bound, and three days of intermittent negotiation and combat followed. One of Bascom's men managed to escape and take word of the ordeal to Fort Buchanan. While troops from Fort Breckinridge were being dispatched, Assistant Surgeon Irwin volunteered to depart from Fort Buchanan with an immediate rescue party of 14 hand-picked soldiers in a relief effort. No horses were available for his column, but with mules the intrepid surgeon led his force over 100 miles of hostile territory, in the middle of a winter storm, to arrive within two days to support and ultimately rescue Lieutenant Bascom's beleaguered soldiers.



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