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Hurst

 

The first Hurst (SP-3196) retained her merchant name, The second Hurst (DE-250) was named for Edwin William .Hurst. Born 16 October 1910 at Falls City, Nebr., he graduated from the Naval Academy in 1932. After serving in Tennessee, he completed flight training in 1935. He was then assigned to several squadrons and aviation shore facilities before reporting on board Lexington 19 May 1941. Hurst earned two Distinguished Flying crosses. During the critical Battle of the Coral Sea 7 to 8 May 1942, he daringly attacked carrier Shoho, scoring hits which contributed to her sinking; and the following day severely damaged carrier Shokaku. While flying over the uncharted Owen Stanley range, he pressed home a successful torpedo attack in the face of heavy antiaircraft fire, severely damaging enemy shipping and installations at Salamaua and Lae, N.G., 10 March 1942. With his gallant carrier Lexington sunk during the Battle of the Coral Sea, Lt. Hurst flew from New Zealand until his death 9.June 1942 in a crash near Whemuapai.

 

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(SP-3196: dp. 17; l. 62'7"; b. 12'8"; dr. 5'; s. 15 k.)

 

Hurst, a motor boat, was built by W. F. Dunn, of Norfolk, Va., in 1918 and was acquired by the Navy from her owner, T. C. Hurst, of Norfolk, 22 August 1918. She commissioned the same day, Boatswain's Mate 2/c Raymond Cash in command.

 

Hurst was assigned as a passenger and dispatch boat under the 5th Naval District and served the District Supervisor, NOTS, at Hampton Roads until being turned over to the Public Health Service, Department of the Treasury, 15 November 1919.