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Attention to Orders

Seaman First Class James R. Ward, for his conduct during the attack on Pearl Harbor, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his 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, Ward remained in a turret holding a flashlight so the remainder of the turret crew could see to escape, thereby sacrificing his own life.

20 years old, barely more than a year after enlisting, and he willingly gave his life to give his shipmates a chance to live.

Where do we find such men?

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3 Comments

  1. I don’t know, but I thank God that such lived.

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  2. Old NFO

     /  December 9, 2020

    They were raised on patriotism…

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