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Jackson Charles Pharris



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.

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BORN:  June 26, 1912 at Columbus, GA

Entered Service in the US Navy from California

Earned the Medal of Honor during World War II For heroism on December 07, 1941 at Pearl Harbor, HI

DIED:  October 17, 1966 at the age of 54

Lieutenant Pharris was attached to the U.S.S. California during the surprise Japanese aerial attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941. In charge of the ordnance repair party on the third deck when the first Japanese torpedo struck almost directly under his station, Lieutenant Pharris was stunned and severely injured by the concussion which hurled him to overhead and back to the deck. Quickly recovering, he set up a hand-supply ammunition train for the antiaircraft guns. With water and oil rushing in where the port bulkhead had been torn up from the deck, with many of the remaining crewmembers overcome by oil fumes, and the ship without power and listing heavily to port as a result of a second torpedo hit, he ordered the shipfitters to counterflood. Twice rendered unconscious by the nauseous fumes he persisted in his efforts to speed up the supply of ammunition and repeatedly risked his life to enter flooding compartments and drag to safety unconscious shipmates who were gradually being submerged in oil. By his inspiring leadership, his valiant efforts and his extreme loyalty to his ship and her crew, he saved many of his shipmates from death and was largely responsible for keeping the California in action during the attack.



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