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LTJG Albert Thomas Harris

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LTJG Albert Thomas Harris

Birth
Madison, Morgan County, Georgia, USA
Death
12 Nov 1942 (aged 27)
At Sea
Burial
Madison, Morgan County, Georgia, USA
Plot
Fairview
Memorial ID
120815950 View Source

Lieutenant Junior Grade Harris was one of 19 crew Killed in Action aboard USS San Francisco (CA-38) when the heavy cruiser was attacked by a Japanese torpedo bomber off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The torpedo failed to do damage but the plane crashed into the aft of the ship, November 12, 1942.

Recipient of the Navy Cross. The destroyer escort USS Albert T. Harris (DE-447)
was named in his memory.

Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Albert Thomas Harris (NSN: 0-102781), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area, on 12 and 13 November 1942. Concentrating deadly and accurate fire on an approaching Japanese torpedo plane, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Harris, grimly determined to bring down the attacking foe, held on until the hostile craft plunged out of the sky in a flaming dive and crashed on his station. His courageous perseverance in the face of certain death was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Harris was one of 19 crew Killed in Action aboard USS San Francisco (CA-38) when the heavy cruiser was attacked by a Japanese torpedo bomber off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The torpedo failed to do damage but the plane crashed into the aft of the ship, November 12, 1942.

Recipient of the Navy Cross. The destroyer escort USS Albert T. Harris (DE-447)
was named in his memory.

Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant, Junior Grade Albert Thomas Harris (NSN: 0-102781), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands Area, on 12 and 13 November 1942. Concentrating deadly and accurate fire on an approaching Japanese torpedo plane, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Harris, grimly determined to bring down the attacking foe, held on until the hostile craft plunged out of the sky in a flaming dive and crashed on his station. His courageous perseverance in the face of certain death was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.


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Died in action aboard the USS San Francisco buried at sea


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