Samuel Glenn Fuqua

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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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Comments (17)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray another war hero who was very deserving of his Medal of Honor....

Feb 09, 2020 02:24 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He was one lucky guy, a true patriot.

Feb 09, 2020 05:05 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

He definitely sounds like a real hero to me!  I think that the hero word is definitely overused in today's world.

Feb 09, 2020 05:12 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - thank you for sharing another story which might have gone unnoticed by many.  And that's a shame.  We need to remember and honor those who served our country.   

Feb 09, 2020 05:14 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... that Medal of Honor was certainly well-deserved. He should have received one for each man he saved, if you ask me.

Feb 09, 2020 06:17 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Always good to read about a true hero and one that saved lives like he did.

Feb 09, 2020 07:06 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning James Dray ,

There are so many heroes and men of distinction we haven't heard of. Thank you for bringing them to our attention.

Feb 09, 2020 07:14 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. How very fascinating. What a great post about an amazing man.

Feb 09, 2020 07:30 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It is a rare event when the one is given the Medal of Honor, and sadly many are given posthumously.  I have had the honor of meeting 3 so far.  A

Feb 09, 2020 09:27 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good afternoon James,

One lucky man and someday would like to visit the Arizona.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 09, 2020 10:13 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- what an illustrious background and this is what a hero is. 

Feb 09, 2020 10:45 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

James Dray I love the stories of bravery, especially the bravery of those who serve our country.

Feb 09, 2020 12:12 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

His courageous act to selflessly put is safety aside to rescue others is more than worthy of the military's highest honor. Thanks for introduces us to Rear Admiral Samuel Glenn Fuqua James.

Feb 09, 2020 01:55 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thanks for sharing this story of bravery, courage and heroism in Samuel Fuqua.  Another amazing historical figure to know about.

Feb 09, 2020 07:02 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James:

This was all new to me! He certainly deserved that medal of honor!


Feb 10, 2020 03:25 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I have visited the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Thank you, Samuel Glenn Fuqua, for your service and gallantry in the face of a horrible experience.

Feb 22, 2020 02:44 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900
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I did not know Rear Admiral Samuel Glenn Fuqua was the only surviving officer of the USS Arizona, who helped save the remaining crewmen. He definitely deserved the Medal of Honor.

Nov 19, 2020 01:48 PM