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Franz Anton Itrich



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.

San Francisco National Cemetery

Born:  November 26, 1853 at Gross Katz, Germany

Entered Service in the US Navy from California

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Spanish-American War For heroism May 01, 1898 at Manila, Philippine Islands

Died:  June 11, 1933 at the age of 79

In the opening battle of the Spanish-American war Commodore Dewey entered Manila Bay on April 30 with his fleet of 9 vessels. Shortly after noon the following day the battle with the Spanish fleet was over and Dewey anchored his ships near the city, with the exception of the USS Petrel, which was sent to destroy the remaining Spanish gunboats. Franz Itrich volunteered to lead a group of 7 sailors who, in a whaleboat, boarded and burned the remaining enemy vessels. Itrich carefully planned each boarding and the setting of fires fore and aft to utterly destroy what remained of the Spanish vessels Don Juan, Cuba, Luzon, Duero and Velasco. Itrich chose to preserve the transport Manila which carried 350 tons of coal, 35 head of cattle, 45 barrels of wine and a large supply of light artillery ammunition. The supplies carried were transferred to American control and the Manila was converted to an American gunboat.



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