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Francis Edward Ormsbee, Jr.



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. Francis Cemetery

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Born:  April 30, 1892 at Providence, RI

Entered Service in the US Navy from Florida

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism September 25, 1918 at Pensacola, FL (USA)

Died:  October 24, 1936 at the age of 44

Chief Machinist's Mate Ormsbee earned the Medal of Honor for heroism while attached to the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. While flying with Ensign J. A. Jova, Chief Machinist's Mate Ormsbee saw a plane go into a tailspin and crash about three-quarters of a mile to the right. Having landed near by, he lost no time in going overboard and made for the wreck, which was all under water except the two wing tips. He succeeded in partially extricating the gunner so that his head was out of water, and held him in this position until the speedboat arrived. Ormsbee then made a number of desperate attempts to rescue the pilot, diving into the midst of the tangled wreckage although cut about the hands, but was too late to save his life.



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