Merle Wayne Hinshaw

                                                    ┌── Ira Monroe Hinshaw
                                                    │    1852-1932 
                       ┌── Stanley Monroe Hinshaw ──┤
                       │    1892-1939               │
                       │                            └── Ada M. Sheffer
                       │                                 1865-1939 
Merle Wayne Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1922                │                            ┌── Ben Gurdis
D: 1946                │                            │
                       └── Cathryn Gurdis ──────────┤
                            1900-1983               │
                                                    └── Hannah VanHeuvelan
Merle Wayne Hinshaw     [ID 16220] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Sep 3 1922, South Dakota.1,2,3  

During World War II Merle served as Aviation Machinist's Mate, Second Class, U.S. Navy.4,5  Service #3288742.4,6  On Sep 30 1941 Merle Hinshaw was listed on the Muster Roll of the U.S.S. Lexington,6,7 which recorded he had enlisted Feb 25 1941 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.6,7  He also served on the U.S.S. Wright, sailing Oct 17 1941 from San Diego, disembarking at Pearl Harbor on Nov 1 1941.6  

Merle Wayne Hinshaw died Jan 7 1946.4,8  Merle was declared MIA Jul 17 1943;9 presumed dead Jan 7 1946.4,5,10,11  He is listed on the "Tablets of the Missing" at Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Manila, Philippines.4,8  (Apparently also a monument at Oak Grove Cemetery, 515 Hwy 59 North, Detroit Lakes, Minnesota 56501).3  


  1. 1930 census, Redfield, Spink County, South Dakota; roll T626-2230, ED 36, page 2B, line #83, dwelling #48, family #50.
  2. 1940 census, Detroit Lakes, Becker County, Minnesota; roll T627-1905, ED 3-12, page 23A-B, line #36, household #476.
  3. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006;
  4. American Battle Monuments Commission:
  5. World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945;
  6. U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949;
  7. WWII U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Muster Rolls, 1939-1949;
  8. World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas;
  9. U.S. WWII Military Personnel Missing In Action or Lost At Sea, 1941-1946;
  10. Contribution from Pat (Hinshaw) Estby.
  11. U.S., Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941;

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