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Harry James Lowe Jr.

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Harry James Lowe Jr.
Born(1922-01-06)January 6, 1922
Paducah, Kentucky
DiedNovember 12, 1942(1942-11-12) (aged 20)
near Solomon Islands
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1940–1942
RankGunner's Mate Third Class
UnitUSS San Francisco
Battles/warsSolomon Islands
AwardsNavy Cross (posthumous)

Harry James Lowe Jr. (6 January 1922 in Paducah, Kentucky – 12 November 1942 near Solomon Islands), decorated seaman, in the United States Navy.

Navy career[edit]

Lowe entered naval service as a seaman apprentice 28 August 1940.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

He served in USS San Francisco from 6 December 1940 to 12 November 1942, when he was killed in action off the Solomon Islands when he refused to abandon his gun in the face of an onrushing Japanese torpedo plane. For his extraordinary heroism, Gunner's Mate Third Class Lowe was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.


USS Lowe was named in his honor. The ship was laid down by Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Texas, 24 May 1943; launched 28 July 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Harry J. Lowe, mother; and commissioned 22 November 1943, Comdr. Reginald H. French, USCG, in command.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic World War II : Dallas H. Cook, Joseph Williams Vance Jr., Randolph M. Holder, John William Haas, Marvin Lee Ramsden, Milton F. Pavlic, Neldon Theo French
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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