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William G. Cubberly

 

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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:  November 26, 1847 at Butler County, OH

Entered Service in the US Army from Cincinnati, OH

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism May 30, 1868 at San Carlos, AZ

Died:  July 27, 1919 at the age of 71

Two cavalry troops of the 8th Cavalry and two companies of the 14th US Infantry left Camp Verde, AZ in May 1868 to set up camp in the Tonto Basin near Powder River, site of much activity by hostile Indian parties. Upon making camp inside a 4000-foot valley, the two cavalry troops departed on a 2-day scout for passable trails, the infantry being unable to move out of the valley. Remaining with the infantry was a wagon train of supplies under the protection of 4 cavalry troopers including Private Aston and Private William Cubberly. On their own initiative, Aston and Cubberly, along with an old trooper named "Cap" Shere who was acting as a guide for the cavalry, left the safety of the camp to scout for a trail out of the valley. The three men passed 6 miles through hostile terrain and found a route out of the canyon that could be used by the infantry to escape its confines. Returning to the camp, the small party was attacked, and the horses of both Private Aston and Private Cubberly were shot. Heedless of the danger, and the superior number and firepower of the enemy, they defended their position and then returned to guide the infantry out of the canyon.

 

 

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