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David Dixon Porter



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:  April 29, 1877 at Washington, DC

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Washington, DC

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Philippine Insurrection For heroism on November 17, 1901 at Cadacan & Sohoton River, Samar, Philippine Islands

DIED:  February 25, 1944 at the age of 66

In command of two columns ashore in the Sohoton River region, Colonel (then Captain) Porter and then Captain Hiram Bearss made a surprise attack on the fortified cliffs and completely routed the enemy, killing 30 and capturing and destroying the powder magazine, 40 guns, food and cuartels. He successfully led his men up the cliffs by means of bamboo ladders to a height of 200 feet. The cliffs were of soft stone of volcanic origin and were honeycombed with caves. Tons of rocks were suspended in platforms held in position by vine cables in readiness to be precipitated upon people below. After driving the insurgents from their position which was almost impregnable, being covered with numerous trails lined with poison spears, pits, etc., he led his men across the river, scaled the cliffs on the opposite side, and destroyed the camps there. He and the men under his command overcame incredible difficulties and dangers in destroying positions which, according to reports from old prisoners, had taken three years to perfect, were held as a final rallying point, and were never before penetrated by white troops. Captain Porter also rendered distinguished public service in the presence of the enemy at Quinapundan River, Samar, on October 26, 1901.



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