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.
April 16, 1872 at Germany
Entered Service in the US
Navy from California
09, 1915 at the age of 43
The Medal of Honor During the China Relief For heroism on June
13 & 20 - 22, 1900 at China
Early at the
turn of the century a rebel force in China that called itself
the Society of "Righteous and Harmonious Fists",
subsequently called the "Boxers", initiated a
rebellion in China that threatened the legations of several
nations in Peking and Tientsen. Two detachments of Navy
Bluejackets and Marines from the U.S.S. Oregon and U.S.S. Newark
were dispatched as guards for the American Legations. On June 13
an estimated 50,000 Boxers began a two-month siege on Peking
during which seven men received Medals of Honor for repulsing an
attack by 300 militants with a bayonet charge. On June 20 the
American guard fought a full-day battle against hidden snipers,
and on June 21 turned fought a heated battle against a Chinese
cavalry charge. On June 22 the Bluejackets and Marines fought
their way through the wall of an enemy fort. Seaman Hans Hansen
was one of twenty members of this American Legation Guard (of 59
total awards during the Boxer Rebellion) to be awarded the Medal
of Honor for meritorious conduct in the presence of the enemy
during all four of these engagements.