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Capt. Albert Kyle Earnest Usn Retired

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“I just finished reading a DAWN LIKE THUNDER for the third time and still want to read it again. Burt Earnest's story as well as the story of the...Read More »
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“In the late '60s I was in several squadrons at NAS Oceana when Captain Earnest was the CO. I remember him well, though was unaware at the time of...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Peter Booth - Pensacola, FL

“To The Family of Bert Earnest, We are unable to attend the funeral service, but we want you to know you are in our thoughs and prayers. Our...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: John & Marie Burkhardt - VA

“Janet and Bill, I was so sorry to hear about your Father-in-Law/Father. He certainly led a worthy life, and my thoughts go out to you and the rest of...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: John Demosthenes - Virginia Beach, VA

“I was very sad to hear about "Uncle" Bert passing. I remember meeting him when he came out to my father's (Crawford "Corky" Grigg) funeral in...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Jim Grigg - Alameda, CA

“My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. Your former Birdneck Point neighbor and friend, Mary Fears ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Mary Fears - Virginia Beach, VA


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Albert Kyle Earnest Virginia Beach - Retired U.S. Naval Captain Albert " Bert" Kyle Earnest, 92, of Atlantic Shores, passed away October 27, 2009 at Sentara VA Beach General Hospital. He was born April 1, 1917 in Richmond Virginia and was the son of the late James Gifford Earnest and Jessie Mullan Earnest of Richmond Virginia. Preceded in death by his wife, Mildred McConnell Earnest, he is survived by daughter, Kathryn Lynn Earnest, of Alexandria VA, son, William Kyle Earnest and his wife Janet Murray Earnest of VA Beach VA, and their children, Laura Ellen Earnest of San Francisco CA, Jessie Carolyn Earnest and Matthew Kyle Earnest of VA Beach VA. He attended Virginia Military Institute, Class of 1938, graduating with a BS in Civil Engineering and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, Field Artillery, U.S. Army Reserve. Worked as Assistant Engineer of the VA Fire Insurance Rating Bureau until February 1942. After resigning his Army Reserve commission, he was commissioned in the US. Navy Air Corps Reserve as an Ensign. His first fleet assignment was with Torpedo Bomber Squadron 8 (VT-8), reporting days after Pearl Harbor on Dec 8, 1941. He flew the Grumman TBF-1 in its first combat use in the Battle of Midway and was the only pilot survivor (landbased). He continued serving in VT-8, aboard USS Saratoga (CV-3) on the Guadalcanal landing and the Battle of Eastern Solomons, and then landbased on Guadalcanal. With the decommissioning of VT-8, he was transferred to Fleet Composite Squadron 7. During his 31 years in U.S. Navy, CAPT Earnest attended Naval Postgraduate School in Annapolis MD, General Line School, Newport RI and Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Washington DC. He commanded VA-14A May 1947-June 1948, ATG-181 at NAS Oceana Aug 1957 – Sept 1958, USS Estes (AGC-12) Oct 1965 – Oct 1966, and NAS Oceana, Nov 1966 - Nov 1968. Additional aviation tours of duty included Tactical Test Division (Aug 1944 – Apr 1947) where he was the first US pilot to fly a Japanese Torpedo Bomber "Kate", Air Development Squadron Four (VX-4) and, Flight Test (Sept 1958- Jul 1960) at NATC Patuxent River MD. He was commissioned as Navy Jet pilot #62, flying P-80As, P-59s, and FR-1s. He also serve two tours of duty at Attack Design Branch at BuAer/BuWeps, Washington DC. CAPT Earnest rounded out his Naval career, serving as COMSTRIKFLTLANTREPEUR and SACLANTREPEUR in Paris France in the early 60s, Operations Analyst at INSGENLANTFLT, Norfolk VA, before retiring as Assistant Chief of Staff (Logistics), SACLANT, Norfolk VA in 1972. Upon retirement, Bert served as Executive Secretary, Operational Test and Evaluation Study Group, Cerberonics, Inc for a year, before becoming a real estate salesman and broker for Professional Realty Corp, Virginia Beach VA for ten years. His awards include 3 Navy Crosses, 2 Air Medals, and a Purple Heart, 2 Presidential Unit Citations with 1 Gold Star, Navy Commendation Medal, American Defense Service Medal, The American Campaign Medal, The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with seven stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medial, and the Vietnam Service Medal. He was a member of the Association of Naval Aviation, Early and Pioneer Naval Aviator's Association "Golden Eagles" and Tailhook Association, VA Beach Sports Club, and the Princess Anne Hunt Club. Funeral services will be held at NAS Oceana Chapel at noon, November 14th. Arrangements made by H.D. Oliver, 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach VA. Internment will be in the Columbarium at Arlington National Cemetery on 7 April 2010. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to VMI Foundation Inc., Box 932, Lexington VA 24450 or VA Beach Rescue Squad Foundation, 740 VA Beach Blvd, VA Beach VA 23451. The family wishes to thank of staff, both nurses and nurses' aides of Assistance in Living/Seaside, Heartland, and Sentara VA Beach General Hospital for the care that they extended to him. We will miss his wry sense of humor, his compassion, and his loving care for this family. - "a true Virginia gentleman."

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