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Forest Duane Hunsley collection

 Collection — Box: 11.0061 - Box 1
Identifier: 02-11.0061

Content Description

This collection relates to Forest Duane Hunsley who served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Mechanic 2nd Class on the aircraft carrier U.S.S Lexington during World War II. The collection includes work notes and manuals while involved in aviation metal smithing aboard the U.S.S Lexington and Hawaii. The collection contains short letters and brief accounts of the Battle of Coral Sea, and the journalism that followed him in his hometown in Illinois. Informational booklet about New Caledonia is also included.


  • Majority of material found within 1942-1945
  • 1923-1984


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast works from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience must be requested and granted in writing by the director of the Institute. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Institute on World War II as the owner of the physical items and the copyright holder. Possession of a copy of an item does not constitute permission to publish, exhibit, or broadcast it. The Institute on World War II and the Human Experience reserves the right to refuse permission to individuals and publishers who have not complied with its policies. Permission fees must be paid before images are provided. Please contact the director of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience for current publication and duplication rates.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Minot, ND on August 7, 1923 Forest Duane Hunsley enlisted May of 1941 in the U.S. Navy after graduating from Joy High School in Illinois. He trained in Aviation Metalsmithing at the US Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida before continuing his service in Hawaii and eventually assigned to the U.S.S Lexington. He was present during the Battle of the Coral Sea a year later from May 4-8, 1942 and was one of the few who survived after the aircraft carrier sank. He would continue to finish his service in various stations such as New Caledonia, Hawaii, and San Diego for the remainder of the war. He passed away on November 25, 1984 and is buried alongside his wife Doris Jane Hunsley at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, CA.


1 boxes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Paula J. Hunsley

Forest Duane Hunsley collection
Nathan Shields Lesser
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Institute on WWII and the Human Experience Repository