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 John James Powers

John James Powers

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 8 May 1942 (aged 29)
At Sea
Cenotaph Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 7612856 · View Source
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World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born New York City, New York, served as a Lieutenant U.S. Navy, Squadron Commander, Bomber Squadron 5 at the Battle of the Coral Sea. On May 8, 1942 an attack was launched against Japanese airplane carriers and other units of the enemy's invasion force in the Coral Sea. Lieutenant Powers led his section of dive bombers down to the target from an altitude of 18,000 feet, through a wall of bursting antiaircraft shells and into the face of enemy fighter planes. Again, completely disregarding the safety altitude and without fear or concern for his safety, Lt. Powers courageously pressed home his attack, almost to the very deck of an enemy carrier and did not release his bomb until he was sure of a direct hit. He was last seen attempting recovery from his dive at the extremely low altitude of 200 feet, and amid a terrific barrage of shell and bomb fragments, smoke, flame and debris from the stricken vessel. Lieutenant Powers was awarded his Medal of Honor posthumously and it was accredited to the state of New York. His other Navy awards included the Purple Heart and Air Medal with Gold Star.
Marker photo taken at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY (cenotaph)

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

Gravesite Details Specifically: Body never recoverd




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  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 24 Jun 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7612856
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John James Powers (13 Jul 1912–8 May 1942), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7612856, citing Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, Bronx County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .