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William Peterkin Upshur

 

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.

US Naval Academy Cemetery
  Lot 250-A  

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Born:  October 28, 1881 at Richmond, VA

Entered Service in the US Marine Corps from Virginia

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Haitian Campaign 1915 For heroism October 24, 1915 at Fort Dipitie, Haiti

Died:  July 21, 1943 at the age of 61

In company with members of the 15th Company of Marines, all mounted, Captain Upshur left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a six-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of October 24, 1915, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from three sides by about 400 Cacos rebels concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The Marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, Captain Upshur, in command of one of the three squads which advanced in three different directions led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie. 
Others earning Medals of Honor in this action were: Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Daly (2nd Award) and First Lieutenant Edward Ostermann.

 

 

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