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Robert Webster Cary



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:  August 18, 1890 at Kansas City, MO

Entered Service in the US Navy from Bunceton, MO

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Peace Time Awards For heroism on January 21, 1915 at Aboard Ship

DIED:  July 15, 1967 at the age of 76

Ensign Cary was an observer in the firerooms of the U.S.S. San Diego, taking the half-hourly readings of steam pressure at every boiler. He had read the steam and air pressure on No. 2 boiler and was stepping through the electric watertight door into No. 1 fireroom when the boilers in No. 2 fireroom exploded. He stopped and held open the doors which were being closed electrically from the bridge, and yelled to the men to escape, which three of them did. His action saved the lives of these men. He then held the doors with the escaping steam from the ruptured boilers around him. His example of coolness did much to keep the men in No. 1 fireroom at their posts hauling fires, although five boilers in their immediate vicinity had exploded and boilers Nos. 1 and 3 apparently had no water in them and were likely to explode any instant. When these fires were hauled he directed the men in this fireroom into the bunker, for they well knew the danger of the two boilers exploding. During this time he was cool and collected and showed an abundance of nerve under the most trying circumstances. During this action Fireman Second Class Telesforo De La Cruz Trinidad also earned the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.



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