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August Ohmsen

 

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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.

St. Pauls Catholic Cemetery

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Born:  March 15, 1854 at Lubeck, Germany

Entered Service in the US Navy from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Peace Time For heroism August 21, 1884 at Woods Hole, MA

Died:  February 13, 1938 at the age of 83

The U.S.S. Tallapoosa served as a dispatch vessel until sunk off Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, on August 21, 1874 in a collision with the schooner James S. Lowell. Master At Arms August Ohmsen was one of three sailors who received Medals of Honor for their heroism in that tragic sinking. Master At Arms Ohmsen cleared the berth deck, and remained there until the water was waist deep, wading through the rising waters with outstretched arms to rouse the men out of their hammocks. He then went up on the deck and assisted in lowering the first cutter and then a dinghy, and took charge of the lifeboats to ensure the survival of his shipmates.
His comrades, Fireman First Class David Harrington and Fireman Second Class John Magee also received Medals of Honor for their heroism in this action.

 

 

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