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Samuel Glenn Fuqua
Birth: Oct. 15, 1899
Laddonia
Audrain County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jan. 27, 1987
Decatur
DeKalb County
Georgia, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was known as "Sam" and was a 1923 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. His citation reads "For distinguished conduct in action, outstanding heroism, and utter disregard of his own safety above and beyond the call of duty during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. Upon the commencement of the attack, Lt. Comdr. Fuqua rushed to the quarterdeck of the U.S.S. Arizona to which he was attached where he was stunned and knocked down by the explosion of a large bomb which hit the guarterdeck, penetrated several decks, and started a severe fire. Upon regaining consciousness, he began to direct the fighting of the fire and the rescue of wounded and injured personnel. Almost immediately there was a tremendous explosion forward, which made the ship appear to rise out of the water, shudder, and settle down by the bow rapidly. The whole forward part of the ship was enveloped in flames which were spreading rapidly, and wounded and burned men were pouring out of the ship to the quarterdeck. Despite these conditions, his harrowing experience, and severe enemy bombing and strafing, at the time, Lt. Comdr. Fuqua continued to direct the fighting of fires in order to check them while the wounded and burned could be taken from the ship and supervised the rescue of these men in such an amazingly calm and cool manner and with such excellent judgment that it inspired everyone who saw him and undoubtedly resulted in the saving of many lives. After realizing the ship could not be saved and that he was the senior surviving officer aboard, he directed it to be abandoned, but continued to remain on the quarterdeck and directed abandoning ship and rescue of personnel until satisfied that all personnel that could be had been saved, after which he left his ship with the boatload. The conduct of Lt. Comdr. Fuqua was not only in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service but characterizes him as an outstanding leader of men". He was awarded the CMOH in March 1942. In late 1942, he was assigned to the cruiser Tuscaloosa (CA-37), which escorted convoys and was in the Battle of Casablanca. He was later assigned to Navy Operating Base, Guantanamo, Cuba; to Naval War College; and finally to the staff of Commander Service Force Seventh Fleet in the Southwest Pacific, where he earned a Legion of Merit as the force operations officer. He later reached the rank of Rear Admiral. (bio by: Ugaalltheway) 
 
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 Parents:
  Samuel Lee Fuqua (1862 - 1925)
  Lula Belle Stevens Fuqua (1869 - 1930)
 
 Spouse:
  Edna Agnes Fuqua (1901 - 1990)*
 
 Siblings:
  Bertha Lee Fuqua Anderson (1891 - 1984)*
  Mabel Ferne Fuqua Brown (1893 - 1935)*
  Samuel Glenn Fuqua (1899 - 1987)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 59, Lot 485
 
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Record added: Feb 27, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6221483
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