Owen Francis Hammerberg – Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class – Park 26

THE PRIDE OF DAGGETT

Owen Hammerberg was born on May 31, 1920 in the small village of Daggett in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Owen Hammerberg Photo: Courtesy ancestry.com
Owen Hammerberg
Photo: Courtesy ancestry.com

Prior to service, Owen lived with his father downstate in Flint and worked as a shop clerk.  In 1941, he enlisted with the Navy as a diver, serving on both the Battleship USS Idaho and Sub Chaser USS Advent.  He attended Deep Sea Diving School in Washington DC in 1944 and eventually was assigned to the Pacific Fleet Salvage Force in Pearl Harbor, in the territory of Hawaii.  These experiences would prepare him for an assignment where his  bravery and skill would excel and consequently call his life to an abrupt end. Continue reading “Owen Francis Hammerberg – Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class – Park 26”

Sergeant 1st Class Harold R. Cross Jr.  – Park 55

 “I just want to thank all of you and let all you fathers, mothers and wives know that this field is not dedicated to my son alone.  It is dedicated for all those who died for this country.”   — Harold Cross, Sr.  at his son’s playground dedication in 1953. 

80 Minutes Before the End

There were 8 yeas and 0 nay votes from the Detroit Common Council at the passing of a resolution proclaiming Harold Cross Jr. Day on August 7th, 1953.  There is always a last – the last to be picked for elementary kickball; the last time you see your beloved; the last kiss, the last donut.  Unfortunately, iterations of wartime stories are told far and wide with the insertion of similar details and different names. This story is different though; heroic and a heartbreaker. Continue reading “Sergeant 1st Class Harold R. Cross Jr.  – Park 55”