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William Troy

 

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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.

Stockton State Hospital Cemetery

Born:  1848 at Boston, MA

Entered Service in the US Navy from Massachusetts

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Korea 1871 Incursion For heroism June 11, 1871 at Citadel, Korea

Died:  March 08, 1907 at the age of 59

Responding to uprisings in China in 1871 that destroyed the American merchant schooner "General Sherman" and resulted in the murder of its entire crew, six American warships including the USS Benicia were dispatched to Korea in retaliation. After coming under fire, on June 10th a group of 550 sailors and 100 marines were landed to assault the enemy forts. After making camp on the night of the landing, the following morning the Americans assaulted the middle of the five forts and chased the enemy into a high bluff and the last of the fortified positions called the Citadel. In the assault Lieutenant McKee of Company D was leading his men in a pitched battle. As the enemy swarmed the gallant officer, William Troy, along with Alexander McKenzie and Samuel Rogers (of the USS Colorado) fought at his side to protect him. All three men fell wounded before the swarm of enemy in fierce hand-to-hand combat, and Lieutenant McKenzie was killed. (15 Medals of Honor - 9 Navy and 6 Marines, were awarded over the 3-day period of this action)

 

Seaman Troy was buried @ the Stockton State Hospital, date & exact site unknown.  Little remains of that original cemetery site.  Over the years, several thousand sets of remains were moved from the Hospital grounds.  Catholics were re-interred @ San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery in Stockton.  The others were re-interred in a common grave @ the Rural Cemetery in Stockton. SJ Catholic Cemetery has no record of Troy's reburial there.  

 

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