Kenyon, Henry Russell, Jr., ENS

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1942, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-8)
Service Years
1940 - 1942
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Emerald Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Mount Vernon

Casualty Date
Jun 04, 1942
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Midway Islands
World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesUSS Hornet AssociationMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1942, USS Hornet Association [Verified]
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

 Ribbon Bar
Naval Aviator Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Naval Aviation Cadet Program/Navy Pre-flight School (Pensacola, FL)
 Duty Stations
VT-8USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1942-1942, 131X, VT-8
  1942-1942, 131X, USS Hornet (CV-8)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Pacific Air Offensive (1942-45)/Doolittle B-25 Attack on Tokyo
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Henry Russell Kenyon, Jr., was born on 4 February 1916 in Bronxville, N.Y., and enlisted in the Navy on 5 November 1940. He was discharged in 1941 to accept an appointment as Aviation Cadet and was commissioned Ensign on 4 August 1941. After undergoing advanced flight training, Kenyon joined Torpedo Squadron 8 for duty in the Pacific. He flew as a member of that squadron from the famous carrier Hornet in the Battle of Midway 4 June 1942. The squadron took off to attack the enemy fleet without fighter cover in the face of murderous opposition. Knowing that they had insufficient fuel to return to the carrier, Kenyon and his comrades attacked gallantly until all were shot down. Ens. Kenyon was presumed dead on 5 June 1942 and was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroic actions.

                                        FINAL DUTY STATION


                                        TBD-1 DEVASTATOR

The Douglas TBD Devastator was a torpedo bomber of the United States Navy, ordered in 1934, first flying in 1935 and entering service in 1937. At that point, it was the most advanced aircraft flying for the USN and possibly for any navy in the world. However, the fast pace of aircraft development caught up with it, and by the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor the TBD was already outdated. It performed well in some early battles, but in the Battle of Midway the Devastators launched against the Japanese fleet were almost totally wiped out. The type was immediately withdrawn from front line service, replaced by the Grumman TBF Avenger.

                                        U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8)

The seventh USS Hornet (CV-8) of the United States Navy was a Yorktown class aircraft carrier of World War II, notable for launching the Doolittle Raid, as a participant in the Battle of Midway, and for action in the Solomons before being irreparably damaged in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands



                           U.S.S. Henry R. Kenyon (DE-683)

Henry R. Kenyon was launched by Bethlehem Steel Co.'s Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, on 30 October 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Verna Markham Kenyon, widow; and commissioned on 30 November 1943, Commander C. M. Lyons, Jr., in command.

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