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World War II - U.S. Marine Corps

George Ham Cannon

  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    Battery H, 6th Defense Battalion,
    Fleet Marine Force
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: December 7, 1941
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Sand Island, Midway Islands
For distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard for his own condition during the bombardment of Sand Island, Midway Islands, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. 1st Lt. Cannon, Battery Commander of Battery H, 6th Defense Battalion, Fleet Marine Force, U.S. Marine Corps, was at his command post when he was mortally wounded by enemy shellfire. He refused to be evacuated from his post until after his men who had been wounded by the same shell were evacuated and directed the reorganization of his command post until forcibly removed. As a result of his utter disregard of his own condition he died from loss of blood.
Medal of Honor Recipient George H. Cannon
Medal of Honor Recipient George H. Cannon
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Michigan
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Born: November 5, 1915, Webster Groves, St. Louis County, MO, United States
  • Died: December 7, 1941, Sand Island, Midway Islands
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl) (MH) (C-1644); family placed cenotaph at Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown, Indiana on family plot, Honolulu, HI, United States
  • Location of Medal: Culver Military Academy, Culver, IN

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