Posted by Adrienne on Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 11:35:24 :
Sergeant Michael RINN
Flushig, L.I., December 26 - The body of Sergeant Michael RINN, who died in San Francisco, Cal, on December 14, arrived at Flushing Saturday and was taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Charles TURNER, of 139 Broadway, Flushing, where the funeral took place yesterday afternoon. His remains were buried in St. Mary's Cemetary. Sergeant RINN had been in the regular Army for fifteen years. At the beginning of the Spanish-American War he went to the front with the Ninth Infantry. At the Battle of San Juan Sergeant RINN, who was then a corporal, performed an act of bravery, for which he received deserved recognition. The Commander of the regiment, Colonel KENT, was wounded while leading a charge. RINN saw Colonel KENT fall and ran to his assistance. Although the mauser bullets were flying around like hail, RINN carefully improvised a bandage and bound up his commander's wounds and then carried him on his back to a place of safety in the rear. For this act of heroism RINN was promoted to a sergeancy. RINN remained at the front thoughout the Santiago Campaign. After a rest of some months, the regiment was ordered to proceed to Manila. While there Sergeant RINN was stricken with fever. His condition became so bad that he was sent to his home in San Francisco, where he grew rapidly worst and died. He was only 33 years old. Three sisters - Mrs. TURNER, Miss Jane and Miss Maggie RINN - all of who live in Flushing, survive. A military escort, composed of the Seventeenth Separate Compnay, attended the funeral yesterday.
Source: Brooklyn Eagle, Tuesday, December 26, 1899, Page 7
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