David Homer Herring, Korean War CasualtyPorter County Data on Korean War Casualties . . . .

David Homer Herring
Ensign, US Naval Reserve
Date of Birth: November 25, 1926
Date of Death: October 5, 1950
Burial: Chesterton Cemetery
Cause of Death: Killed in Airplane Accident (Baron Field near Foley, Alabama)
Date of Enlistment:
Hometown: Chesterton

Newspaper Notices:
D. H. Herring Of Chesterton Crash Victim

Cadet David Homer Herring, 23, of Chesterton, injured Aug. 10 when a plane crashed into a group of flight students, died in Pensacola, Fla., Naval hospital Thursday -- a day after his mother received a set of Navy wings for him in a special ceremony at the naval air station.

The victim was injured nearly two months ago at Baron field near Foley, Ala., when a plane, attempting to land on a simulated flight deck, went out of control and struck a group of five cadets, one of whom died shortly after the mishap and four of whom, including Herring, were injured.

Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David E. Herring,, 316 E Morgan, Chesterton; his widow, Myrtle, and 2-month-old daughter, Linda Sue, who have been living in Pensacola; two brothers, James and David of Chesterton, and a sister, Mrs. Vera Hybert, of Porter.

His parents and an uncle, Elmer Bartner of Hebron, had flown to Pensacola Monday, marking the third time since the accident his mother had made the trip to the air station.

Makes Presentation

Capt. A. R. Storrs, chief of naval air basic training, made the presentation of the wings to Mrs. David Herring Wednesday. When injured, Cadet Herring nearly had completed his flight training. The victim, whose leg was amputated last week, reportedly was still in a coma until the time of his death at 9:20 a. m. Thursday.

The decedent was born Nov. 25, 1926, in Norborne, Mo., and moved to Chesterton with his parents about 16 years ago. He was graduated from Chesterton High school in 1946 and entered military service about two years ago.

Funeral arrangements will not be completed until the arrival here of the body which was sent by train today from Pensacola with a military escort including Lt. G. E. Sullivan, the victim's flight instructor.

Services possibly will be held Sunday or Monday and the VFW of Porter is expected to take part in military rites. The Rev. Robert Ross-Shannon will officiate in services at the Methodist church, Chesterton. The Flynn-Lundberg-Johnson Funeral home, Chesterton, is in charge of the arrangements.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; October 6, 1950; Volume 24, Number 80, Page 1, Column 8, and Page 6, Column 3

Ensign Herring's Rites Scheduled For Monday

CHESTERTON, Oct. 7 -- Services for Ensign Wilbert Homer Herring, USNR, who died Thursday morning in Pensacola, Fla., Naval hospital from injuries suffered Aug. 10, will be held at 2 p. m. Monday in the First Methodist church, Chesterton.

The Rev. Robert Ross-Shannon will officiate and burial will be in Chesterton cemetery. Friends may call at the Flynn-Lundberg-Johnson funeral home after 7 p. m. Sunday and until noon Monday when the body will be taken to the church where friends may call from 12:30 p. m. until services.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; October 7, 1950; Volume 24, Number 81, Page 2, Column 6

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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