Harmon, Leonard Roy, PO1

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Last Rank
Petty Officer First Class
Last Primary NEC
MATT-0000-Mess Attendant
Last Rating/NEC Group
Mess Attendant
Primary Unit
1940-1942, MATT-0000, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
Service Years
1939 - 1942
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Square Rigger
MATT- Mess Attendant

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Houston
Last Address
Houston

Casualty Date
Nov 13, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Solomon Islands
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea - N/A, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Duty Stations
US Navy
  1940-1942, MATT-0000, USS San Francisco (CA-38)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1942-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)
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Last Known Activity
FIRST UNITED STATES WARSHIP NAMED IN HONOR OF A NEGRO

                           U.S.S. Harmon (DE-678)

Harmon was cited for bravery and was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously on
March 4, 1943, by Honorable Frank Knox, Secretary of the Navy, acting for
President Roosevelt.
  Secretary Knox announced shortly thereafter that a destroyer escort will be
named the U.S.S. Harmon in memory of the youth, the U.S.S. Harmon being the
first
United States warship named after a Negro seaman.



The escort ship, launched on Aug. 31st, 1943, at the Fore River Plant of the
Bethlehem Steel Co. in
Quincy, Massachusetts, was rightfully christened by
Harmon?s mother Naunita Harmon Carroll, of Cuero.

Following the launching at Quincy, Massachusetts, Captain L.L. Reed and his
one hundred and eighty-six officers and men took to the high seas to carry on
the cause in memory of the Cuero youth.
   
Comments/Citation
Navy Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Mess Attendant First Class Leonard Roy Harmon, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in action against the enemy while serving on board the Heavy Cruiser U.S.S. SAN FRANCISCO (CA-38), during action against enemy Japanese naval forces near Savo Island in the Solomon Islands on the night of on 12 - 13 November 1942. With persistent disregard of his own personal safety, Mess Attendant First Class Harmon rendered invaluable assistance in caring for the wounded and assisting them to a dressing station. In addition to displaying unusual loyalty in behalf of the injured Executive Officer, he deliberately exposed himself to hostile gunfire in order to protect a shipmate and, as a result of this courageous deed, was killed in action. His heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, maintained above and beyond the call of duty, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: November 12 - 13, 1942

Service: Navy

Rank: Mess Attendant First Class

Division: U.S.S. San Francisco (CA-38)

   
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