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Julien Edmund Gaujot



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:  October 22, 1894 at Keweenaw, MI

Entered Service in the US Army from Williamson, WV

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Mexican Campaign For heroism on April 13, 1911 at Aqua Prieta, Mexico

DIED:  April 07, 1938 at the age of 63

On 13 April, 1911, a force of 300 rebels made a surprise attack on Aqua Prieta, steaming into town aboard a captured train. They took the Federal garrison by surprise and blew up its headquarters. Captain Gaujot placed the troops under his command in a position parallel with and within a few feet of the international boundary to prevent violations of the neutrality law. A party of 30 Mexican federal soldiers had been left behind and were surrounded by the insurgents. The Commanding Officer of the Mexican federal forces asked Captain Gaujot to save his men as they were surrounded by the enemy, and further struggle would end in their complete destruction. Captain Gaujot, with an American citizen, Mr. Charles J. McKean, crossed the field of fire, in which his life was constantly in danger, to the position of the two forces, where an intermittent fire as being kept up, two men being killed near Captain Gaujot in that position. He obtained the permission of the Rebel commander to receive the surrender of the surrounded Federal forces, and escorted them to the American side of the line. By so doing, Captain Gaujot not only saved the lives of the Federal soldiers, but also the lives of five Americans who were held prisoners by the Federals.



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