|Birth: ||Nov. 4, 1921|
|Death: ||May 13, 1992|
Nathan Thurman Knight was placed in an orphanage after his mother, Ethel M. Lewin, 1900-1930, died of leukemia and his father, Lester N. Knight, 1892-1973, was severely injured in a logging accident. His siblings included: Avery Knight, 1923-1992; Carol N. Knight, 1924-1999; Clifford L. Knight, 1927-2008; Twila Knight, 1927- ; Allen D. Knight, 1928-1930. He enlisted as a PVT in the Washington Army National Guard on 2-2-1939 as a cannon crewman. He served in B Battery, 248th Coastal Artillery and Headquarters Battery (Band), 205th Coastal Artillery. On 7-16-1940, he was honorably discharged to enroll in the Civilian Conservation Corps. On 3-4-1941, he enlisted in the US Navy as an Aviation Electronics Technician serving at NAS North Island, CA; NAS Lee Field, Jacksonville, FL; NAS Cecil Field, Jacksonville, FL; NAS Camp Kearney, CA; NAS San Diego, CA; NAS Kehelai, Maui, HI; Carrier Aircraft Support Unit 32 and USS Saratoga/ CV 3 (throughout the Pacific, World War II); and Cadre, 2nd Radio Material School, Corpus Christi, TX. Nathan served as a radio operator aboard a PBY Catalina. His combat actions during World War II included support of a bombing raid on the Japanese Mainland that destroyed 2 airfields during February 1945, Ulithi, Tinian, amphibious assault support against Iwo Jima, air attack support against Chi-chi Jima, Taiwan Straits, Eniwetok, and OPN Magic Carpet. He received an Honorable Discharge from the US Navy on 3-10-1947, having earned the rate of Aviation Electronics Technician's Mate 2nd Class. He was discharged from the US Naval Reserve on 1-10-1955. His decorations included the American Defense Service Medal with Base Clasp, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal with 1 Gold Star, the Navy Senior Aircraft Crewman Badge, and 2 longivity stripes. During 1943, he married Geneva A. Moody (b 10-22-1926, d 3-2-2010). Their children included Avery S. Knight (b - 3-4-1954, d - 9-10-2005) and Perry N. Knight (a USCG Vietnam Veteran, b 12-13-1949). He was a commercial fisherman who lived several years in Satsuma, Florida, working the St Johns River. He contracted colon cancer and passed away after a lengthy battle with it in 1992.
LIFE: 70 Years, 6 Months, 9 Days
CAUSE OF DEATH: Colon Cancer
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discharged, retired, or reserve -
is someone who, at one point in their
life, wrote a blank check made payable
to 'The United States of America,' for
an amount of 'up to, and including their
That is honor, and there are way too many
people in this country today, who no longer
understand that fact.
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Avery Steven Knight (1954 - 2005)*
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Specifically: Ashes buried beneath his headstone on Knight family property in Satsuma, Florida.
Created by: Richard S. Barzelogna
Record added: Dec 01, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31860623