A Dawn Like Thunder
Tornado Squadron EightA Dawn Like ThunderRobert J. MrazekWorld War II Navy PilotsBattle of Midway

Ensign Albert Kyle Earnest (1917-2009)

Veteran, Midway, Guadalcanal, other Pacific Battles
Awarded Three Navy Crosses

Ensign A.K. “Bert” Earnest came from a military family in Richmond, Virginia. After graduation from the Virginia Military Institute, he won his wings at Pensacola, he went on to become one of the most highly decorated heroes of the Second World War. At Midway, he was awarded two navy Crosses by Admiral Chester Nimitz, who called his mission on June 4, 1942, “one of the epics of combat aviation.” At Guadalcanal, he was personally cited by the overall military commander, Marine General A.A. Vandergrift for his critical role in helping to win the campaign.



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