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James Harper McDonald



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.

Fishing Creek Cemetery

Born:  July 15, 1900 at Newmand, Scotland

Entered Service in the US Navy from Washington, DC

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Peace Time Awards For heroism May 23, 1939 at Portsmouth, NH

Died:  December 29, 1973 at the age of 73

Following the sinking of the submarine U.S.S. Squalus on May 23, 1939, an intensive rescue effort was mounted to rescue surviving crewmen in the sunken vessel. Chief Metalsmith McDonald was one of four Navy divers who received the Medal of Honor for heroic actions in what became the first rescue of sailors from a sunken submarine. His leadership, masterly skill, general efficiency, and untiring devotion to duty in directing diving operations, and in making important and difficult dives under the most hazardous conditions, characterized conduct far above and beyond the ordinary call of duty. Others divers receiving Medals of Honor for this action were: Chief Machinist's Mate William Badders, Chief Boatswain's Mate Orson Crandall, and Torpedoman First Class John Mihalowski


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