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December 7th 1941 KIA USS Arizona Purple Heart


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All,

 

While I was unable to attend the SOS this year, I was fortunate enough to acquire this grouping from an online auction and now have the privilege to honor a young sailor who was lost and is still entombed onboard the USS Arizona along with 1,101 of his shipmates.

 

From what online research I was able to conduct, S2C Huntington was born in Idaho around 1923. He appears to have been raised mostly in San Bernardino, California before enlisting in the Navy in San Diego, California on January 27, 1941. He arrived onboard the USS Arizona on April 27, 1941. More research of course is required.

 

After the attack and Pearl Harbor and the approval of the Navy to posthumously award purple hearts, this would have been sent to his next of kin: Frank Huntington. His address is listed as 9th and Sterling, Rt. 2, San Bernardino, California. The other medals including the American Defense Service Medal w/Fleet Clasp, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and WWII Victory Medal. The ration books are named to a different family so I do not believe this is an original part of the group nor was currency pictured.

 

RIP S2C Huntington and the crew of the USS Arizona from that faithful day in 1941.

 

 

 

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Great medal! Thanks for posting and remembering this sailor!

 

Pete

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Beautiful medal. R.I.P. Seaman Huntington and all your comrades sill aboard with you. Bobgee

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Congrats on an important and historical addition! That engraving is beautiful.

 

RIP S2C Huntington.

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In memory of S/Sgt. Paul Nigrini


ASN 13089327


380th BG / 528th BS


Beller's Crew - "The Black Widow"


MIA November 21, 1943


New Guinea

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Special is an understatement.

 

-Ski

In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Beautiful and heart-rendering representation of a sailor's gallant sacrifice....thanks for showing !!!

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A great tribute to the youth who were taken too soon on that December Morning

 

Glad that you will be the caretaker of this medal and that Seaman Huntington's memory will live on..

 

Leigh

"Pain is only Weakness Leaving the Body"

MSG Leigh E Smith Jr
US Army (Retired)

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What a wonderful new piece for your collection....I did not make the SOS either but certainly did not have the same luck as you in acquiring such a historical piece! Hard to believe there are so few left from that generation.

 

Gary B

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Very nice ! On another note the fleet class was often issued not attached to the ribbon.

 

Kurt

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Very nice ! On another note the fleet class was often issued not attached to the ribbon.

 

Kurt

Kurt. Was that with all clasps pertaining to the American Defense Medal or, just the Fleet clasp?

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I'm sure it is for all bars, but I've mainly seen it on untouched groups I've gotten from families etc. The bar was loose in the box with the medal when it was issued in some cases.

 

Kurt

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