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Samuel Glenn Fuqua

 

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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,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Arlington National Cemetery
  59-485 

BORN:  October 15, 1899 at Laddonia, MO

Entered Service in the US Navy from Laddonia, MO

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on December 07, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, HI

DIED:  January 27, 1987 at the age of 87

During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Lieutenant Commander Fuqua rushed to the quarterdeck of the U.S.S. Arizona to which he was attached. He was stunned and knocked down by the explosion of a large bomb which hit the guarterdeck, penetrated several decks, and started a severe fire. Regaining consciousness, he began to direct the fighting of the fire and the rescue of wounded. Almost immediately there was a tremendous explosion forward, which made the ship appear to rise out of the water, shudder, and settle down by the bow. Wounded and burned men were pouring out of the ship to the quarterdeck. Despite these conditions and severe enemy bombing and strafing, Lieutenant Commander Fuqua continued to direct the fighting of fires in order to check them while the wounded and burned could be taken from the ship and supervised the rescue of these men with such excellent judgment that it inspired everyone who saw him resulted in the saving of many lives. Realizing the ship could not be saved and that he was the senior surviving officer aboard, he directed it to be abandoned, but remained on the quarterdeck and directed the rescue of personnel until satisfied that all that could be had been saved, after which he left his ship with the boatload.

 

 

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