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Francis Charles Flaherty
Birth: Mar. 15, 1919
Eaton County
Michigan, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1941
Honolulu County
Hawaii, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Ensign Flaherty was stationed on the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) which was moored on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked on December 7, 1941. Immediately after the first bombs fell, three torpedoes hit her broadside and the great ship began to capsize. Even more torpedoes struck as the men were trying to abandon ship. He remained at his station on one of the gun turrets and held alight so that his crew might escape. The Oklahoma rolled completely over and trapped him inside the hull with many others. Over the next few days thirty-two were rescued from inside the hull, but Ensign Flaherty was among the 429 members who were entombed inside the hull until the ship was raised for salvage in 1943. The remains were recovered and buried in mass graves marked "Unknowns" at the National Memorial Center of the Pacific in Honolulu. His name is inscribed in the Courts of the Missing in that cemetery and a memorial headstone placed at the Maple Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Charlotte, Michigan. His citation reads: 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. (bio by: Tom Todd) 
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  Francis F Flaherty (1870 - 1932)
  Gertrude M Flaherty (1888 - 1932)
  Francis Charles Flaherty (1919 - 1941)*
  Francis Charles Flaherty (1919 - 1941)*
  Francis Charles Flaherty (1919 - 1941)
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Note: Medal of Honor Winner Ensign US Navy WWII
Maple Hill Cemetery *
Eaton County
Michigan, USA
Plot: F-12
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Record added: Sep 18, 2001
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- Sheila Cole Deinhart
 Added: Dec. 22, 2015
Remembering you on the anniversary of your passing. May you rest in peace and may God richly bless you.
- Jeffrey Maksymowski
 Added: Dec. 7, 2015

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