Kinzer, Edward Blaine, ENS

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Last Rank
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, VS-5
Service Years
1939 - 1942

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Date
May 08, 1942
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
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Born in Rock, W. Va., 22 August 1917, Edward Blaine Kinzer enlisted in the Naval Reserve 26 February 1941. He was appointed an Aviation Cadet on 3 April and commissioned Ensign on 20 October. On 12 November 1941, he was assigned to Scouting Squadron 5 on board USS Yorktown (CV-5). He was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for extraordinary heroism and extreme disregard of his own personal safety during the Battle of Coral Sea. This aggressive and skillful pilot contributed materially to the sinking or damaging of eight enemy vessels in Tulagi Harbor on 4 May 1942 and the sinking of the Japanese aircraft carrier Shoho. On 8 May, while on antitorpedo plane patrol, he died while fiercely engaging "the continued attack of enemy bombing and torpedo planes and their fighter support."



USS KINZER (APD-91) was launched as DE-232 on 9 December 1943 by Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.; sponsored by Mrs. Charles E. Kinzer, mother of Ens. Kinzer; reclassified as APD-91 on 17 July 1944, converted to a high speed transport; and commissioned on 1 November 1944, Lt. Richard C. Young, USNR, in command.




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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL)
 Duty Stations
Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FLAdvanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.USS Yorktown (CV-5)VB-5
  1941-1941, 139X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1941-1941, 131X, Advanced Flight Training, NAS Meridian, Mississippi.
  1941-1942, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1941-1942, 131X, VB-5
  1942-1942, VS-5
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
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