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|172k||Henry Russell Kenyon, Jr., was born 4 February 1916 in Bronxville, N.Y., and enlisted in the Navy 5 November 1940. He was discharged in 1941 to accept an
appointment as Aviation Cadet and was commissioned Ensign 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 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 05 June 1942 and was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroic actions.
USS Henry R. Kenyon (DE 683) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Navy photo #NH 93595 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
(Note: This photo of Torpedo Squadron Eight pilots was taken in May 1942. The only pilot to survive the Battle of Midway in June of 1942 was Ens. George H. Gay, Jr.)
|55k||undated wartime image (U.S. Navy Photo provided by Lt. Hoppe, Kenyons' weapons officer during WWII)||Jim Hocking,
son of WWII veteran
William J. Hocking, TM2
|62k||A photo of Lcdr. C. M. Lyons and his crew aboard USS Henry R. Kenyon|
|Henry R. Kenyon History|
|View the USS Henry R. Kenyon (DE 683) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
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