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John James Powers

 

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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.

Remembered at A.B.M.C. Manila
  Wall of the Missing  

Also Remembered At
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Bronx, NY

Born: July 13, 1912 at New York, NY

Entered Service in the US Navy from New York, NY

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War II For heroism April 04 - 08, 1942 at Coral Sea

Died:  May 08, 1942 at the age of 29

Lieutenant Powers flew five engagements with Japanese forces in the Coral Sea area for four deadly days. Three attacks were made on enemy objectives at or near Tulagi on May 4 in which he scored a direct hit which demolished a large enemy ship and severely damaged an aircraft tender and a 20,000-ton transport. On May 7 he fearlessly led three dive bombers and dove in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire, to an altitude well below the safety altitude, in order that he might positively obtain a hit in a vital part of the ship. The ship sank soon after being hit. That evening he lectured the squadron on point-of-aim and diving technique. He advocated low release point to insure greater accuracy. The next morning as the pilots left the ready room he told them: "Remember the folks back home are counting on us. I am going to get a hit if one have to lay it on their flight deck.'' He led his dive bombers to the target from 18,000 feet, through a wall of bursting antiaircraft shells and into the face of enemy fighter planes. Completely disregarding the safety altitude and without fear or concern for his safety, he pressed home his attack, almost to the very deck of an enemy carrier and did not release his bomb until he was sure of a direct hit which also destroyed his own airplane.

 

 

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