LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Posthumous Medal of Honor recipient Ensign Francis Charles Flaherty is to be buried on Aug. 21, 2021, after being accounted for in 2019, almost 78 years after his death.
A release from the Navy Personnel Command details Flaherty’s act of heroism on the USS Oklahoma on Dec. 7, 1941, where he stayed aboard in a gun turret, holding a flashlight for others to be able to see and escape.
Flaherty was honored with multiple medals posthumously, and the USS Flaherty (1943-1966) was named in honor of the fallen Ensign.
The following awards and decorations were given to Flaherty:
- Medal of Honor
- Purple Heart Medal
- Combat Action Ribbon
- American Defense Service Medal (Fleet Clasp)
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (Bronze Star)
- World War II Victory Medal
Ensign Flaherty is survived by his family who lives out of Toas, New Mexico.