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Owen Francis Hammerberg
Birth: May 31, 1920
Daggett
Menominee County
Michigan, USA
Death: Feb. 10, 1945
Honolulu County, USA

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. Served as Boatswain's Mate Second Class, Deep Sea Diver in the Pacific Fleet Salvage Force, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. On February 10, 1945, during salvage operations in West Loch, Pearl Harbor 2 fellow drivers became trapped. Aware of the danger when the divers were hopelessly trapped in a cave-in of steel wreckage while tunneling under an LST sunk in 40 feet of water and 20 feet of mud, he went overboard in a valiant attempt to effect their rescue. He reached the first of the trapped men, freed him from the wreckage and continued desperately to save the second diver. Reaching the place above the other man just as another cave-in occurred, a heavy piece of steel pinned him crosswise over his shipmate. He stayed in a position to protect the man beneath from further injury until they were both rescued. Due to the full brunt of terrific pressure on himself, he succumbed 18 hours later. He received his Medal of Honor posthumously and it was accredited to the state of Michigan. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
Burial:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Southfield
Oakland County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Sec 4, Lot 145, Grave 4 & 5
 
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Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
Record added: Sep 29, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7932468
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- Lazer
 Added: Feb. 28, 2014
To the family of Owen F. Hammerberg: We were not meant to experience death..That is why very soon Isaiah 25:8 will become a reality. Death will be swallowed up forever.
- D. Carter
 Added: Feb. 28, 2014

- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Feb. 14, 2014
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