Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Honoring a True Hero

Every year during Memorial Day weekend, the Boy Scouts place US flags at every one of the more than 90,000 graves. I love photographing the cemetery but always make it a point to go each year to shoot the flags.

Tonight I was looking at the photos from last year and came across this photograph.

I photographed this particular tombstone because this young man was in the Navy and died on December 7th, 1941 - the day Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Tonight, for no apparent reason, I decided to Google his name - figuring that I wouldn't find anything. Was I ever wrong!

Yes, Herbert Jones died at Pearl Harbor, aboard the Battleship California. But all of the details of his fight against the Japanese, as well as how he lost his life. He was honored with the Medal of Honor, which is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States Military.

On top of that, in 1943 the USS Herbert C. Jones (DE-137) was named after him!

It really amazes me some times what you can find out from a simple Google search. Mr. Herbert C. Jones is truly a hero in US history - and he's right here in San Diego.


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