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Ensign Francis C. Flaherty

  • Branch: Navy
  • Hometown/City: Charlotte, MI
  • Date of Birth: 03-15-1919
  • Date of Death: 12-07-1941
  • Conflict: WWII
  • Unit: U.S.S. Oklahoma
  • Port/Base: Pearl Harbor, HI

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  • Congressional Medal of Honor
    Awarded Posthumously
    Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Naval Reserve.
    Place and date: During the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941.
    Born: 15 March 1919, Charlotte, Michigan.
    Accredited to: Michigan.

    When it was seen that the U.S.S. Oklahoma was going to capsize and the order was given to abandon ship, Ens. Flaherty remained in a turret, holding a flashlight so the remainder of the turret crew could see to escape, thereby sacrificing his own life.