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World War II - U.S. Naval Reserve

Francis C. Flaherty

  • Rank: Ensign
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S.S. Oklahoma
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Naval Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 7, 1941
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory

For conspicuous devotion to duty and extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. 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.

Medal of Honor Recipient Francis C. Flaherty
Medal of Honor Recipient Francis C. Flaherty
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Michigan
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 6, 1946

    Presented to his Brother

  • Born: March 15, 1919, Charlotte, Eaton County, MI, United States
  • Died: December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (Territory)
  • Buried: Remains not recovered from the USS Oklahoma; National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (Wall of the Missing), Honolulu, Hawaii; Maple Hill Cemetery ('In Memory' marker) (MH) (7), Charlotte, Michigan, Pearl Harbor, HI, United States
  • Location of Medal: Michigan Heroes Museum, Frankenmuth, MI

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