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.
October 17, 1876 at Denmark
Entered Service in the US
Navy from Pennsylvania
15, 1957 at the age of 80
The Medal of Honor During the Mexican Campaign For heroism on
April 21, 1914 at Vera Cruz, Mexico
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. Lieutenant Niels Drustrup was in charge of an
advanced barricade in the initial landing and was under a heavy
fire for several hours. He displayed utmost ability as a leader of
men and also exerted a great steadying influence on the men around
Though the United States occupied Vera Cruz for seven months
following the initial landing, the men who landed at Vera Cruz on
April 21 - 22 accomplished their mission in two days, and returned
to their vessels within the same week.