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Edwin Alexander Anderson



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.

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BORN:  July 16, 1860 at Wilmington, NC

Entered Service in the US Navy from Wilmington, NC

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Mexican Campaign For heroism on April 22, 1914 at Vera Cruz, Mexico

DIED:  September 23, 1933 at the age of 73

In an effort to force out General Victoriano Huerta, who had seized the presidency of Mexico in a bloody coup d' etat, President Woodrow Wilson sent three Navy vessels to Vera Cruz under the command of Rear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher. On the morning of April 21 nearly 1,500 American combat troops were put ashore, and that night another 1,500 reinforcements landed. By noon on April 22nd the American forces had taken control of the city. In the two day action Fletcher lost 17 men killed, 63 wounded. The Mexicans had nearly 800 dead or wounded. Captain Edwin Anderson commanded the 2nd Seaman Regiment (Bluejackets), marching them across the open space in front of the Naval Academy and other buildings at Vera Cruz. When the enemy unexpectedly opened fire with rifles, machine guns, and one-pound artillery, part of his command broke and fell back, suffering many casualties. With courageous indifference to the heavy fire, he continued to command his men, re-organizing the regiment while at the forefront of the action.



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