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Patrick McGunigal



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:  May 30, 1876 at Hubbard, OH

Entered Service in the US Navy from Ohio

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War I For heroism on September 17, 1917 at At Sea Aboard Ship

DIED:  January 19, 1936 at the age of 59

Shipfitter First Class McGunigal earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near at sea while serving as a member of the crew of the U.S.S. Huntington. While the Huntington was passing through the war zone, a kite balloon was sent up with Lieutenant (j.g.) H. W. Hoyt, U.S. Navy, as observer. When the balloon was about 400 feet in the air, the temperature suddenly dropped, causing the balloon to descend about 200 feet, when it was struck by a squall. The balloon was hauled to the ship's side, but the basket trailed in the water and the pilot was submerged. Shipfitter First Class McGunigal, with great daring, climbed down the side of the ship, jumped to the ropes leading to the basket, and cleared the tangle enough to get the pilot out of them. He then helped the pilot to get clear, put a bowline around him, and enabled him to be hauled to the deck. A bowline was then lowered to McGunigal and he was taken safely aboard.



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