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Babkirk, Kenneth Paul

Rank and Name, Ensign Kenneth Paul Babkirk.

Unit/Placed in, Navy Fighting Squadron 40 (VP-40), United States Naval Reserve.


Kenneth is born approx. on 26 Aug. 1923 in New Hampshire.

Father, James A. Babkirk Jr.

Mother, Ida M. (Higins) Babkirk.

Sister(s), Ellen A. Babkirk.

Brother(s), James and John Babkirk.


Kenneth enlisted the service in Pennsylvania with service number #   0-173715.


Kenneth was missing on mission escorting bombers on 17 Jan. 1944, he is honored with a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Kenneth is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.

He also has a Memorial Grave at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA.


Thanks to, https://pacificwrecks.com/airfields/solomons/barakoma/index.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Fighting Squadron 40 (VP-40)
Grumman F6F Hellcat
Barakoma Airfield, Solomon Is
His rank Ensign