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Robert G. Kinzler


Robert G. Kinzler was born in Newark, New Jersey on March 7, 1922. He enlisted in the United States Army on June 24, 1940, and arrived in Hawai’i in September of 1940.

On December 7, 1941, Private Kinzler was a Morse code radio operator assigned to Headquarters Company, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry (Tropical Lightning) Division, at Scholfield Barracks, O’ahu. Schofield Barracks was not a target for the Japanese planes, but rather Wheeler Army Airfield, 3/4 miles away. During the attack, his company was ordered to move to a pre-assigned battle station at the Roosevelt High School football stadium in Honolulu. On their way to Honolulu, they go their first look at the destruction that took place at Pearl Harbor.

During World War II, Bob served in the South Pacific, the continental United States and Canada. With more than 22 years of military service, Captain Robert G. Kinzler retired from the United States Army in October of 1962.

Joining the National Park Service’s Volunteers-In-Parks program in 1985, Robert Kinzler is on of the USS Arizona Memorial’s longest serving volunteers. He has benefited the National Park Services, this park and thousands of park visitors with his articulate and personal interpretation of the events surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack. He is also currently serving as the president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Aloha Chapter 1, and is the treasurer of the Arizona Memorial Museum Association Board of Directors. He is especially proud of his daughter, Karen, a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

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  2. dustyandrea miler

    We are soo very proud of you! Thank you for all you have done for us and our country! We love you grandpa! We couldnt be more proud and honored to be a special part of you!

    May 19, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

  3. Karen Strang

    So proud of you dad! You’ve done so much for so many, I’m proud to be your daughter!!

    May 21, 2012 @ 6:21 am

  4. Rob Lane

    Thank you for your service sir. I am a singer songwriter, and wrote a song not to long ago about, a widow sitting on a park bench, awaiting her her soldier to come home. Lost in 1942, she refuses to believe he’s not coming home. The song in called “the 25th infantry” Though I have not had the opportunity to record the song yet, it has been known to be a local favorite. God bless you sir, take care…

    Nov 28, 2012 @ 4:33 pm


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