In Memory of
Navy Ensign
Gordon Abner Calhoon
Midland, South Dakota
Jones County
April 13, 1921 December 4, 1943
Killed in a midair collision near Maui, Hawaii

Gordon Abner Calhoon  Gordon Abner Calhoon

Gordon A. Calhoon was born on April 13, 1921, to Frank W. and Mary F. (Moore) Calhoon, at the family ranch southeast of Midland, South Dakota. Gordon was the youngest of eight Calhoon children. Gordon received his elementary education in a rural school in Jones County but then graduated from Midland High School in 1939.  After graduation, Gordon attended South Dakota State College at Brookings for two years before volunteering for the service.

Gordon Calhoon entered the U.S. Navy Air Corps on June 17, 1942, training first at Minneapolis, Minnesota, and then Corpus Christi, Texas, where he received his commission as an Ensign. After further training, Ensign Calhoon joined the 10th Fighting Squadron. Calhoon was sent overseas to the Pacific Theater of Operations on November 1, 1943.

Ensign Gordon Calhoon was killed only a month later in a midair collision on December 4th, 1943, near Maui, Hawaii, in a non-battle accident. Calhoon is honored on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii. A memorial service was held for him at his hometown of Midland. He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the WW II Victory Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Nikkita McCarty, 8th Grade West, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, November 20, 2000. Information for this entry was provided by clippings supplied by David Calhoon, Midland, SD, nephew of Gordon Calhoon.