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Sunday, August 23, 2020
Kenneth Cutter and George Gay reunite after Battle of the Midway
My husband recently acquired newspaper clippings and photos of his Uncle Kenneth Cutter’s World War II military service.
The article shows Aviation Machinist Mate First Class Kenneth Cutter (at right) with Lt. George Gay. Although the news reported there were no survivors on the USS Hornet at the Battle of Midway, they were wrong. George Gay survived.
From Ian W. Toll’s book Pacific Crucible; War at Seat in the Pacific, 1941-1942, he writes: “Ensign George Gay, lone survivor of Torpedo Eight, treaded water in the midst of the Japanese task force. He concealed his head under a float cushion whenever a ship came near, and rejoiced as he watched the enemy carriers burn.”
The Squadron received the only Presidential Unit Citation ever given.