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Remembering Pearl Harbor

Thursday, December 07, 2017

On this, the 76th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor, The History Center remembers Huntington, Angelina County native USAF Staff Sergeant Doyle Kimmey, who was posthumously award the Distinguished Service Cross for "extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with 19th Transportation Squadron, 24th Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 December 1941, during the Japanese air attack on Hickam Field, Territory of Hawaii. While on duty as an aerial engineer, Sergeant Kimmey voluntarily obtained a submachine gun, took cover under a small truck, and opened fire at the low-flying enemy planes which were bombing and strafing the area. When his supply of ammunition was exhausted Sergeant Kimmey courageously left his shelter during the heavy attack to retrieve an abandoned sub-machine gun with a supply of ammunition and after gaining his former position resumed fire until the truck under which he was taking cover was directly hit by a bomb resulting in his instant death. The personal courage and zealous devotion to duty displayed by Staff Sergeant Kimmey on this occasion, at the cost of his life, have upheld the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces."

For more information about Staff Sergeant Kimmey and other World War II veterans from Angelina County, download our Decemeber 2005 Pinebough Magazine.