Samuel Glenn Fuqua was born in Laddonia, Missouri back in 1899. He entered the United States Naval Academy in 1919. After graduation, he served on the destroyer USS Macdonough and the battleship USS Mississippi.
From shore duty at San Francisco, California he was the commanding officer of the minesweeper USS Bittern in the Asiatic Fleet from 1937-39. From 1942 he served on the cruiser USS Tuscaloosa being promoted to commander. In 1943, he was assigned to duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba later attending the Naval War College. He retired from service in 1953, retiring to Decatur, Georgia where he died in 1987.
What you may not know about Rear Admiral Samuel Glenn Fuqua is that he was aboard the USS Arizona on December 7, 1941. When the Japanese attacked he was knocked unconscious by a bomb for a small amount of time. All of the officers were killed in action except him. He was able to control and save the remaining crewman. For his action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
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