Robert E. Curtin

NAME
Robert Edward Curtin
(born Edward Robert Curtin)
NICKNAME
MCSN
O-5857
HOME OF RECORD
635 G Avenue, Coronado, CA
(native of Orange, NJ)
NEXT OF KIN
Wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Curtin
DATE OF BIRTH
June 18, 1915
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
May 16, 1938
DATE OF LOSS
June 4, 1942
REGION
Central Pacific
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Midway
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA / Declared Dead
UNIT
VMF-221
DUTY
Pilot
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
On 4 June 1942, Captain Curtin flew a Brewster Buffalo (F2A-3 # 01520) against a force of Japanese fighters and bombers in the battle of Midway. In the ensuing dogfight, he was reported shot down by enemy fire.
Captain Curtin’s remains were never found, and he was declared dead on 5 June 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Navy Cross, Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Captain
STATUS OF REMAINS
Not Recovered.
MEMORIALS
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

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Then-2Lt. Curtin with fellow VMF-221 pilots in January or February, 1942. Photo source: Cressman et. al., “A Glorious Page in Our History: The Battle of Midway.”

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