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James Jonas Madison



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.

Fairview Cemetery

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Born:  May 20, 1884 at Jersey City, NJ

Entered Service in the US Navy from Mississippi

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism October 04, 1918 at At Sea Aboard Ship

Died:  December 25, 1922 at the age of 38

Lieutenant Commander Madison earned the Medal of Honor for heroism at sea as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Ticonderoga. His vessel was attacked by an enemy submarine and was sunk after a prolonged and gallant resistance. The submarine opened fire at a range of 500 yards, the first shots taking effect on the bridge and forecastle, one of the two forward guns of the Ticonderoga being disabled by the second shot. The fire was returned and the fight continued for nearly two hours. Lieutenant Commander Madison was severely wounded early in the fight, but caused himself to be placed in a chair on the bridge and continued to direct the fire and to maneuver the ship. When the order was finally given to abandon the sinking ship, he became unconscious from loss of blood, but was lowered into a lifeboat and was saved, with 31 others, out of a total number of 236 on board.



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