Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Floyd Earnest Hubert

Born - Fremont Center, Sullivan County, New York, 22 Feb 1924
Died - Catskill Regional Medical Center, Harris, New York, 14 July 2002
(Spouse - Helen Goodrich Hubert, 20 Dec 1913 - 24 May 2013)

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Second Class (at least at one time - not sure this was his highest rank)
Ser. No. 800 32 21
Interior Communications Electrician - IC2 Rating [E5?]
I have his Sleeve Rating Patch (somewhat worn)

Citation (in quadruplicate):

The Commanding Officer takes pleasure in COMMENDING

Floyd Earnest HUBERT
Electrician's Mate Second Class
United States Naval Reserve

for services as set forth in the following


"For outstanding service in the line of his profession in connection with operations against the enemy while serving in the U.S.S. LEXINGTON from January 1944 to 15 August 1945. When his ship was hit by an enemy bomb and suicide plane off Luzon on 5 November 1944, and at other times while serving on the LEXINGTON, his professional skill and ability contributed greatly in repairing damage and maintaining a high standard of efficiency in the battle communication system. His conduct was at all times in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

Captain, U.S. Navy.

This citation refers to events of the Battle of Leyte Gulf during which the Lexington helped defeat a large Japanese naval force. The Lexington sank or helped sink several Japanese ships. On the afternoon of 5 November, a kamikaze plane (suicide plane) crashed into the starboard side of the flight deck where the bridge was located (known as "the island") and sent flames in all directions. The crew put out the fire in twenty minutes and vital communication repairs were made so that the carrier could be operational enough to continue its participation in the battle, launching planes and even shooting down another kamikaze that was heading toward a sister ship.

Other Documents relating to Bob Hubert:

Navy Department, Bureau of Naval Personnel
Service Schools
United States of America
This certifies that
Floyd E. Hubert
has satisfactorily completed the prescribed course of study at the
U.S. Naval Training School (Electrical), Naval Armory,
Detroit, Michigan with a mark of 79
this 26th. day of November 1943

M.R. Wortley, Captain, USNR.
U.S. Navy, Commanding.

Veterans Administration Certificate of Eligibility. Cert. No. 7558-NY-Albany, issued 29 Jan 1947, signed 25 Feb 1947.

1925 New York State Census

Household Members:
Peter S. Hubert 54
Lillian A. Hubert 43
Chas P. Hubert 15
Walter E. Hubert 14
Joseph Hubert 11
Catherine Hubert 07
Floyd E. Hubert 01

1 comment:

  1. It appears to me that Captain Thomas Hinckley Robbins, Jr. (1900-1972), who gave Bob Hubert his citation, did not command the Lexington during Leyte Gulf in 1944, but took command before Hubert left the ship in 1945; although Robbins may have been present during the battle in some other capacity.