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Owen Francis Patrick Hammerberg

 

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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.

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery

Born:  May 31, 1920 at Daggett, MI

Entered Service in the US Navy from Michigan

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism February 17, 1945 at Pearl Harbor, HI

Died:  February 17, 1945 at the age of 24

Aware of the danger when two fellow divers were hopelessly trapped in a cave-in of steel wreckage while tunneling with jet nozzles under an LST sunk in 40 feet of water and 20 feet of mud at Pearl harbor, Boatswain's Mate Hammerberg unhesitatingly went overboard in a valiant attempt to effect their rescue. Washing a passage through the original excavation, he reached the first of the trapped men, freed him from the wreckage and, working desperately in pitch-black darkness, finally effected his release from fouled lines, thereby enabling him to reach the surface. Wearied but undaunted after several hours of arduous labor, Hammerberg resolved to continue his struggle to wash through the oozing submarine, subterranean mud in a determined effort to save the second diver. Venturing still farther under the buried hulk, he held tenaciously to his purpose, reaching a place immediately above the other man just as another cave-in occurred and a heavy piece of steel pinned him crosswise over his shipmate in a position which protected the man beneath from further injury while placing the full brunt of terrific pressure on himself. He succumbed in agony 18 hours after he had gone to the aid of his fellow divers.

 

 

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