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Joseph L. Epps

 

TAPS

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.

Green Hill Cemetery

Born:  May 16, 1870 at Jamestown, MO

Entered Service in the US Army from Oklahoma Indian Territory, OK

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Philippine Insurrection For heroism December 04, 1899 at Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Islands

Died:  June 20, 1952 at the age of 82

From the spring of 1898 until early the following year, most battles in the Philippine Islands were sporadic ambushes of small American patrols in the jungles, as the U.S. Army sought to root out the rebel forces of Emilio Aguinaldo. In action at Vigan, Luzon, Philippine Islands, on December 4, 1899, Private Joseph Epps discovered a group of insurgent rebels behind a wall. Fearlessly he climbed the wall and covered the enemy force with his gun, ordering them to stack their arms and surrender. For his single-handed capture of this enemy force, Private Epps was awarded the Medal of Honor. Private Epps was one of four soldiers who earned the Medal of Honor at Vigan in this actions. The other men cited for heroism were: Lieutenant Colonel Webb Cook Hayes, Lieutenant Colonel James Parker, and Private James McConnell

 

 

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