Rank and organization:   Machinist, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Nevada.
Place and Date:
Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, 7 December 1941.
Entered service at:
Birth:   8 December 1910, Beverly, Kans.
Citation:   For distinguished
conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage and disregard
of his own life during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory
of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. When his station in the
forward dynamo room of the U.S.S. Nevada became almost untenable due to
smoke, steam, and heat, Machinist Ross forced his men to leave that station
and performed all the duties himself until blinded and unconscious. Upon
being rescued and resuscitated, he returned and secured the forward dynamo
room and proceeded to the after dynamo room where he was later again rendered
unconscious by exhaustion. Again recovering consciousness he returned to
his station where he remained until directed to abandon it.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)