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 07, 1901 at Braddock, PA
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Pennsylvania
The Medal of Honor During the Peace Time Awards For heroism on
October 20, 1924 at Aboard Ship, At Sea
October 20, 1924 at the age of 23
At 3:35 on the
afternoon of October 20, 1924, while the U.S.S. Trenton was
preparing to fire trial installation shots from the two 6-inch
guns in the forward twin mount of that vessel, two charges of
powder ignited. Twenty men were trapped in the twin mount. Four
died almost immediately and ten died later from burns and
inhalation of flames and gases. The six others were severely
injured. Ensign Henry Drexler, without thought of his own safety,
on seeing that the charge of powder from the left gun was ignited,
jumped for the right charge and endeavored to put it in the
immersion tank. The left charge burst into flame and ignited the
right charge before Cholister could accomplish his purpose. He
fell unconscious while making a supreme effort to save his
shipmates and died the following day.
Also earning a Medal of Honor in this action was Boatswain's Mate
First Class George Cholister, who also died of his injuries.