S2 George Irvine Falgout

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S2 George Irvine Falgout

Birthplace: Raceland, Lafourche Parish, LA, United States
Death: November 12, 1942 (20) (KIA)
Occupation: USN
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About S2 George Irvine Falgout



Seaman Second Class Falgout 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.
Son of George B. and Mariette B. (Chauvin) Falgout, Raceland, Louisiana.

The escort destroyer USS Falgout (DE-324) was named in his memory.

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Seaman Second Class George Irvin Falgout (NSN: 6442872), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession as Gunner while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during an engagement with Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomons on the night of on 12 & 13 November 1942. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Seaman Second Class Falgout courageously refused to abandon his gun station and fearlessly remained at his gun. In the face of certain death from an onrushing enemy torpedo plane that had been set on fire, he maintained his accurate fire until the plane crashed on his station. He was killed in action. His unflinching bravery and gallant conduct were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Entered the service from Louisiana. Service I.D. 6442872.
Gravesite Details
Buried at sea

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October 28, 1922
Raceland, Lafourche Parish, LA, United States
November 12, 1942
Age 20