Command Post and Power Plant

Command Post/Power Plant

Although it was constructed as "bombproof", the large, white building reflecting off the moon was an easy target for the Japanese forces. On the evening of December 7, 1941, a five inch shell found its way in through a window opening and mortally wounded First Lieutenant George Cannon. He refused to be evacuated from his post until communications were re-established and his men, who had been wounded by the same shell, were evacuated. He directed the reorganization of his Command Post until forcibly removed, and as a result of his utter disregard of his own condition he died from loss of blood. Lieutenant Cannon was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in World War II. 


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