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|45k||Francis Charles Flaherty was born on 15 March 1919 in Charlotte, Michigan. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on 06 July 1940, and was appointed ensign
12 December 1940. While serving in USS Oklahoma (BB 37) he sacrificed his life in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 07 December 1941. When his ship was being abandoned,
he remained in a turret holding a flashlight so that all of his men could see to escape. For this supreme devotion to duty, Ensign Flaherty was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
The escort ship USS Flaherty (DE 135) (1943-1946) was named in his honor.
(Photo from the the Home of Heroes)
|167k||17 January 1943: Orange, Tex. - Flaherty (DE 135) ready for sideways launching at the Consolidated Steel Co. shipyard.
(Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN (ret.)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|129k||undated wartime image||John Klar|
|102k||USS Flaherty transferring a survivor of the USS Frederick C. Davis (DE 136) to a unidentified CVE.
(Photo taken from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War 11", by Theodore Roscoe
England, United Kingdom
|50k||Oil Painting showing Flaherty underway. (© Sam L. Massette)||From The DESA archives|
|View the USS Flaherty (DE 135) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Flaherty as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Flaherty's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 26 Jun. 1943 - 16 Oct. 1943||Lcdr. Maxim William Firth, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA '31) (Bennington, Vt.)|
|2.) 16 Oct. 1943 - 14 Sep. 1944||Lcdr. Means (Mike) Fernandis Johnston Jr., USN (USNA ‘39) (Schlater, Miss.) (Ret. as Adm.)|
|3.) 14 Sep. 1944 - 07 Dec. 1945||Lcdr. Howard Carlton Duff, USNR (USNA '33) (Sweetwater, Tex.)|
|4.) 07 Dec. 1945 - 11 Jan. 1946||Lt. Maurice Golden, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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