Byron “Barney” Darnton

Byron “Barney” Darnton

Birth
Adrian, Lenawee County, Michigan, USA
Death 18 Oct 1942 (aged 44)
Northern (Oro), Papua New Guinea
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 190780241 · View Source
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Byron Darnton (November 8, 1897 – October 18, 1942) was an American reporter and war correspondent for The New York Times in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was killed while aboard the King John,

On October 18, 1942, Darnton was aboard the King John, a seventy-foot wooden trawler of the Small Ships Section of U.S. Army Services of Supply SWPA that was also carrying 102 troops of the 128th Infantry, off the coast of Pongani in New Guinea when a B-25 mistook the ships for Japanese vessels and bombed and strafed them. Darnton, suffering a shrapnel head wound, died in a boat on the way to shore and Lt. Adam Bruce Fahnestock, prewar South Seas explorer and then head of the Small Ships Section, hit in the spine, died in the arms of the King John's severely wounded Australian Chief Engineer moments after reaching shore.

Darnton's notebook, which was taken from his body by a fellow correspondent and returned to his son, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Darnton in 1976, ended with a question about the bomber that would end his life: “Jap or ours?”

Darnton was the tenth American war correspondent killed in action in the war. His work in reporting on the war in the Pacific was respected by military officials, including General Douglas MacArthur, who personally reported Darnton’s passing to the Times and Darnton’s widow, Eleanor Choate Darnton.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byron_Darnton

Learn more by reading "Almost a Family: A Memoir" by John Darnton.


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  • Created by: Jeremy Edward Shiok
  • Added: 21 Jun 2018
  • Find A Grave Memorial 190780241
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