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.
August 18, 1890 at Kansas City, MO
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Bunceton, MO
15, 1967 at the age of 76
The Medal of Honor During the Peace Time Awards For heroism on
January 21, 1915 at Aboard Ship
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.