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|52k||Edwin William Hurst was born on 16 October 1910 at Falls City, Nebr. and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1932. After serving in Tennessee, he completed flight training in 1935. He was then assigned to several squadrons and aviation shore facilities before reporting on board Lexington on 19 May 1941. Hurst earned two Distinguished Flying crosses. During the critical Battle of the Coral Sea 7 to 8 May 1942, he daringly attacked carrier Shoho, scoring hits which contributed to her sinking; and the following day severely damaged carrier Shokaku. While flying over the uncharted Owen Stanley range, he pressed home a successful torpedo attack in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire, severely damaging enemy shipping and installations at Salamaua and Lae, N.G. on 10 March 1942. With his gallant carrier Lexington sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lt. Hurst flew from New Zealand until his death 9 June 1942 in a crash near Whemuapai.
USS Hurst (DE 250) (1943-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the U.S. Naval Academy Yearbook; The Lucky Bag, Class of 1932.)
|101k||2 April 1944: USS Hurst (DE 250), taken off the Brooklyn Navy Yard||John Klar|
|112k||March 2000: Cozumel, Mexico - ARM Commodore Manuel Azueta (E-30)
(Manuel Azueta Perillo was a Mexican sailor characterized by his bold and heroic struggle for national defense during the U.S. occupation of Veracruz, 21 April 1914, when he put on a war footing the cadets of the heroic Military Naval School. biography supplied by Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez)
(All Photos © Fred Williams)
|Fred W. Williams|
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