Huntington, Robert Kingsbury, ARM3c

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
ARM-0000-Aviation Radioman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Aviation Radioman
Primary Unit
1942-1942, ARM-0000, VT-8
Service Years
1941 - 1942
ARM-Aviation Radioman

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1921
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pasadena, CA
Last Address
Pasadena, CA

Casualty Date
Jun 05, 1942
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
Location
Pacific Ocean
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 3 (cenotaph)

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Last Known Activity

Robert Kingsbury Huntington was a naval aircrewman and member of Torpedo Squadron 8 (or VT-8). Along with his entire squadron, Huntington was shot down during the Battle of Midway, on 4-5 June 1942.

The USS Robert K. Huntington (DD-781), an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, was named in his honor. Robert K. Huntington attended The Lakeside School in Seattle Washington in 1940 after transferring from Pasadena College. Lakeside is the same prep school attended by Bill Gates ('73) and Paul Allen ('71).
   
Comments/Citation

Service number: 3824448

Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded for Action During World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Aviation Radioman Third Class
Division: U.S.S. Hornet (CV-8)
CItation: The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Aviation Radioman Third Class Robert Kingsbury Huntington (NSN: 3824448), United States Navy, for heroism and extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight as radioman and free machine gunner of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), attached to the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during an attack against enemy Japanese forces in the "Air Battle of Midway," on 4 June 1942. Grimly aware of the hazardous consequences of flying without fighter protection, and with insufficient fuel to return to his carrier, Aviation Radioman Third Class Huntington resolutely, and with no thought of his own life, pressed home his attack with utter disregard for his own personal safety and in the face of tremendous anti-aircraft barrage and overwhelming fighter opposition. His gallant spirit of self-sacrifice and his conscientious devotion to the fulfillment of a vastly important mission contributed materially to the success of our forces and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (San Diego, CA)
 Duty Stations
NAS San DiegoUSS Lexington (CV-2)VS-2VT-8
USS Hornet (CV-8)
  1941-1941, AS-0000, NAS San Diego
  1941-1942, ARM-0000, USS Lexington (CV-2)
  1941-1942, ARM-0000, VS-2
  1942-1942, ARM-0000, VT-8
  1942-1942, ARM-0000, USS Hornet (CV-8)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of the Coral Sea
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jul 05, 1943, Heroes of Midway Awarded Decorations1
  Mar 03, 1945, USS Robert K Huntington (DD-781) commissioned1
  Dec 31, 2018, General Photos
 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1942, World War II Fallen
  2018, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2018, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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