Ens. Francis C. Flaherty, Medal of Honor

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Francis Charles Flaherty

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Birthplace: Charlotte Eaton County Michigan
Death: December 07, 1941 (22)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States (KIA)
Place of Burial: Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis F Flaherty and Gertrude Flaherty
Brother of Dolores Flaherty and John Jacob Flaherty

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About Ens. Francis C. Flaherty, Medal of Honor

Francis C. Flaherty of Charlotte, Michigan died in the attack on Pearl Harbor trying to help his shipmates escape from the USS Oklahoma. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration, for helping his shipmates escape the ship at the expense of his own life. Flaherty and 428 other men were entombed in the Oklahoma, which was raised in 1943 and all the remains were interred in a mass grave entitled "Unknowns" at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. On November 1, 2019, Flaherty's remains were identified.

Flaherty is now being brought home and will be laid to rest in his hometown on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. Residents of the area are asked to come out and show support for this local World War II hero by lining the streets of Charlotte from Pray Funeral Home to Maple Hill Cemetery. Please plan to be lined up on the streets by 10:15 a.m., for the procession that will begin at 10:30, led by the American Legion Riders.

Start at 401 W. Seminary St. traveling E on Seminary St. to Cochran Avenue. North on Cochran Avenue through Downtown Charlotte. E. on Lawrence Ave. to Lansing Rd. NE on Lansing Rd. to Tully Brown Dr.

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Ensign Francis Flaherty is a home-town hero of Charlotte MI. He was one of the first Michigan servicemen to receive a World War II Congressional Medal of Honor. He remained at his station on one of the gun turrets and held a light so that his crew might escape. The Oklahoma rolled completely over and trapped him inside.

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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.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_C._Flaherty

https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQY8-KV5 census shows Gertrude as his mother

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Ens. Francis C. Flaherty, Medal of Honor's Timeline

1919
March 15, 1919
Charlotte Eaton County Michigan
1941
December 7, 1941
Age 22
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States
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USS Oklahoma Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States