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Kenneth Hart Muir

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Kenneth Hart Muir
Born(1916-07-25)July 25, 1916
Brooklyn, New York
DiedNovember 7, 1942(1942-11-07) (aged 26)
Caribbean Sea
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1940–1942
RankEnsign
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsNavy Cross
Purple Heart

Kenneth Hart Muir (July 25, 1916 – November 7, 1942) was an officer in the United States Navy who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his actions during the sinking of SS Nathaniel Hawthorne in World War II. USS Muir (DE-770) was named in his honor.

Early life[edit]

Muir was born on July 25, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York.

Navy career[edit]

Muir enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on September 23, 1940 to serve as apprentice seaman until he was appointed midshipman February 14, 1941.

Muir died in action as officer in charge of the U.S. Armed Guard on board SS Nathaniel Hawthorne, sunk in the Caribbean on November 7, 1942 by U-508. Although severely wounded, he "ordered the three men near him to leap clear and then rushed back to help more escape. He was still urging his gunners over the side when the ship went down." For his outstanding courage and unselfish devotion to his men, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross and the Purple Heart.

Namesake[edit]

USS Muir (DE-770) was named in his honor. The ship was laid down by Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, Florida, on June 1, 1943; launched on June 4, 1944; sponsored by his sister, Mrs. Witten H. McConnochie, and commissioned on August 30, 1944, with Lieutenant Commander Theodore A. O'Gorman in command.

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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.


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