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 George Ham Cannon

George Ham Cannon

Webster Groves, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 26)
Cenotaph Knightstown, Henry County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 40260480 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He was the first U.S. Marine in World War II to receive the nation's highest military award — the Medal of Honor. He posthumously received the medal for "distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard of his own condition" during the bombardment of Midway Island by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. He remained at his Command Post despite being mortally wounded by enemy shell fire. He refused to be evacuated until his men who had been wounded by the same shell were evacuated, and he continued to direct the reorganization of his Command Post until forcibly removed. He refused medical attention until he was assured communications were restored to his Command Post. As a result of his utter disregard of his own condition, he later died from loss of blood.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 40260480
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Ham Cannon (5 Nov 1915–7 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40260480, citing Glen Cove Cemetery, Knightstown, Henry County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .