EUGENE J. HUNTEMER, ENS, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Eugene Huntemer '43

Date of birth: August 13, 1919

Date of death: November 13, 1942

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1943 Lucky Bag:

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EUGENE JAMES HUNTEMER

Wayne, Nebraska

A staunch supporter of his home state, Jean will always take time out to tell you "how they do it back in Nebraska." Easy to talk to, and a grand person to live with, he made many close friends, both among those at the academy and the drags he favors on the weekends. An athlete of no mean ability, he played basketball, winning three awards, and helped out the battalion track team. Besides being an athlete, he has, by his efficient way of doing things well, earned the unjust reputation of being somewhat of a cut-throat. Jean is sure to be a success as an officer and we sincerely hope to be his shipmate someday.


He was commander of 3rd Company for the first set and a member of the basketball team.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

1943 Huntemer LB.jpg

EUGENE JAMES HUNTEMER

Wayne, Nebraska

A staunch supporter of his home state, Jean will always take time out to tell you "how they do it back in Nebraska." Easy to talk to, and a grand person to live with, he made many close friends, both among those at the academy and the drags he favors on the weekends. An athlete of no mean ability, he played basketball, winning three awards, and helped out the battalion track team. Besides being an athlete, he has, by his efficient way of doing things well, earned the unjust reputation of being somewhat of a cut-throat. Jean is sure to be a success as an officer and we sincerely hope to be his shipmate someday.


He was commander of 3rd Company for the first set and a member of the basketball team.

The Class of 1943 was graduated in June 1942 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

Eugene was lost when USS Cushing (DD 376) was sunk early on the morning of November 13, 1942 during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

From the Class of 1943 anniversary book "25 years later…":

Gene was born in Wayne, Nebraska on 13 August 1919. He was appointed from Nebraska and entered the Academy on 8 June 1939. After graduation he re ported to the destroyer CUSHING. On 13 November 1942 the CUSHING was torpedoed and sunk in the Third Battle of Savo Island. Gene lost his life in that engagement. He won the Purple Heart, American Defense Service Medal with fleet clasp and the Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal. He was survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Huntermer who at Gene's death resided at 710 W. First Street, Grand Island, Nebraska.

He has a memory marker in Nebraska.


Class of 1943

Eugene is one of 84 members of the Class of 1943 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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