During World War II, Donald Arthur Gary, a Navy officer, won the Medal of Honor for rescuing numerous soldiers trapped inside the USS Franklin.
Donald Arthur Gary was a Navy commander during World War II who served on the USS Franklin. When the ship was nearly destroyed by the Japanese, Gary used his knowledge of the ship to save hundreds of men who were trapped. His bravery and leadership earned him the Medal of Honor. Born in Ohio in 1903, Gary enlisted in the Navy at 16 years old and served in various positions on several different ships over the next 15 years. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a realtor and nursery owner in California until his death in 1977. The guided missile frigate USS Gary was commissioned in his honor in 1984.