From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Huntley '31

Date of birth: December 22, 1907

Date of death: February 1, 1943

Age: 35

Lucky Bag

From the 1931 Lucky Bag:


John was lost when USS De Haven (DD 469) was sunk on February 1, 1943 by Japanese aircraft near Savo Island. He was the ship's executive officer.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Wartime Service

He had been aboard USS Yorktown (CV 5) during the Battle of Midway and when that ship was lost at the Battle of the Coral Sea. From Ibiblio:

Lieutenant John D. HUNTLEY, U.S. Navy, Assistant Gunnery Officer and Control Officer, Forward 5" Director.

Lieutenant Huntley, during the battle of May 8, 1942, as Control Officer of the forward 5" director, through his coolness and presence of mind under fire, maintained an effective anti-aircraft fire against various Japanese torpedo and dive bombing attacks. The guns controlled by this director shot down at least three (3) torpedo planes.

He received a letter of commendation for this action.

Class of 1931

John is one of 51 members of the Class of 1931 on Virtual Memorial Hall.