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Albert Harold Rooks

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
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Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Remembered at A.B.M.C. Manila
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Born: December 29, 1891 at Colton, WA

Entered Service in the US Navy from Washington

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February 04 - 27, 1942 at Darwin to Koepang, Timor, Netherlands East Indies

Died:  March 01, 1942 at the age of 50

Captain Rooks was commanding officer of the U.S.S. Houston in action with superior Japanese aerial and surface forces. While proceeding to attack an enemy amphibious expedition, Houston was heavily attacked by bombers. After evading four attacks, she was heavily hit in a fifth, lost 60 killed and had one turret disabled. Captain Rooks made his ship again seaworthy and sailed three days to escort an important reinforcing convoy from Darwin to Koepang, Timor, Netherlands East Indies. While so engaged, another powerful air attack developed which by Houston's marked efficiency was fought off without much damage to the convoy. The commanding general of all forces in the area canceled the movement and Captain Rooks escorted the convoy back to Darwin. Later, while in a considerable American-British-Dutch force engaged with an overwhelming force of Japanese surface ships, Houston with H.M.S. Exeter carried the brunt of the battle, and her fire alone heavily damaged one and possibly two heavy cruisers. Although heavily damaged in the actions, Captain Rooks succeeded in disengaging his ship when the flag officer commanding broke off the action and got her safely away from the vicinity, whereas one-half of the cruisers were lost.

 

 

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