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William Russell Parnell



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

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Born:  August 13, 1836 at Dublin, Ireland

Entered Service in the US Army from Brooklyn, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism June 17, 1877 at White Bird Canyon, ID

Died:  August 20, 1910 at the age of 74

First Lieutenant William Parnell was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on June 17, 1877, in the disastrous defeat of the cavalry forces at White Bird Canyon, Idaho. In that battle the troopers were outnumbered eight-to-one, and First Sergeant Michael McCarthy was assigned a critical defensive position and with six men was ordered to hold it at all cost. This they did until the main cavalry attack faltered and Lieutenant Parnell ordered a retreat. McCarthy's small force was cut off and surrounded and in the panicky retreat of the main body, appeared doomed until Lieutenant Parnell and a small group of soldiers returned through a heavy fire to rescue them. Two of McCarthy's men were killed, but the remainder joined Parnell's force to continue the battle. In the fight for survival that continued, many soldiers including McCarthy were left alive on the battlefield. (McCarthy subsequently escaped after a 3-day return on foot.) First Lieutenant Parnell, at imminent peril, returned to the battlefield and rescued one soldier whose horse had been killed. Both Lieutenant Parnell and First Sergeant McCarthy were awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroism in this battle.



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