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Charles White Whittlesey

 

TAPS

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.

Pittsfield Cemetery

Charles Whittlesey was 
Lost at Sea (Body Not Recovered)
His IMO Marker is part of the
Family Plot in his Hometown
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Born:  January 20, 1884 at Florence, WI

Entered Service in the US Army from Pittsfield, MA

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism October 2 - 7, 1918 at Charlevaux, Binarville, Argonne Forest.

Died:  November 27, 1921at the age of 37

Major Whittlesey earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Charlevaux Mill, Binarville, France, where he commanded the men who became known as "the Lost Battalion." Although cut off for five days from the remainder of his division, Major Whittlesey maintained his position, which he had reached under orders received for an advance, and held his command, consisting originally of 46 officers and men of the 308th Infantry and of Company K of the 307th Infantry, together in the face of superior numbers of the enemy during the five days. Major Whittlesey and his command were thus cut off, and no rations or other supplies reached him, in spite of determined efforts which were made by his division. On the fourth day Major Whittlesey received from the enemy a written proposition to surrender, which he treated with contempt, although he was at the time out of rations and had suffered a loss of about 50 percent in killed and wounded of his command and was surrounded by the enemy.

 

 

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