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.
May 15, 1868 at Paterson, NJ
Entered Service in the US
Army from Paterson, NJ
27, 1940 at the age of 72
The Medal of Honor During the Spanish-American War For heroism
on June 30, 1898 at Tayabacoa, Cuba
On June 30,
1898 a recon element was landed at Tayacoba, Cuba. This small
element came under heavy fire and tried to return to their
transport ships, only to find that enemy fire had destroyed
their small landing boats. Surrounded and outnumbered, they were
at the mercy of the enemy. Four rescue efforts were mounted, all
unsuccessful. When darkness fell, Private Wanton and three other
members of the 10th US Cavalry volunteered to land in a small
boat to attempt a rescue. Despite almost immediate enemy fire,
the four soldiers worked their way through the jungle to locate
all members still surviving, directing them to the beach and
then returning with them to the transport ship.
involved in this action: Dennis Bell, Fitz Lee, William