Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
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, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
God is near, do not fear,
Friend, good night.
November 07, 1890 at
Service in the US Navy from Gordonville, MO
04, 1958 at the age of 67
Earned The Medal of Honor During the Philippines War of 1911
For heroism September 24, 1911
at Mundang, Basilan Island, Philippine Islands
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. Hospital
Apprentice Fred McGuire 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, Corpsman McGuire advanced and stood guard as
the leader and his scout party searched the surrounding grasses,
then moved into the open area before the huts. Instantly enemy
Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and 20 Moros
charged the small group from inside the huts and from other
concealed positions. McGuire, responding to the calls for help,
was one of the first on the scene. After emptying his rifle into
the attackers, he closed in with rifle, using it as a club to
wage fierce battle until his comrades arrived on the field, when
he rallied to the aid of his dying leader and other wounded.
Although himself wounded, McGuire ministered tirelessly and
efficiently to those who had been struck down, thereby saving
the lives of two who otherwise might have succumbed to