QM2c Gilbert Livingston Kinney

Unknown Sailor

QM2c Gilbert Livingston Kinney

Gilbert Livingston Kinney and his brothers were Navy men all the way.

Mr. Kinney was a gunner’s mate and petty officer second class on the U.S.S. Arizona when he was killed in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941.

One brother, Sheldon Hoard Kinney, became an admiral. He served in World War II, Korea,  and Vietnam. He was also a commandant of the Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1941.

The youngest brother, Donald Edward Kinney, became a commander. A pilot, he also served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

They were the sons of Harold Kinney, a draftsman, and Gladys Hoard Kinney, a homemaker. The family lived in Pasadena, California, where Gilbert graduated from Pasadena Junior College before enlisting in May 1939. He was born June 15, 1921.


Sources: the Pasadena Independent; The Los Angeles Times; The New York Times; the Florida Times Union; Census; Navy muster rolls; California birth index. This profile was researched and written on behalf of the U.S.S. Arizona Mall Memorial at the University of Arizona.

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