USS UTAH  BB-31 / AG-16

The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor

​​​Kenneth M. Gift

Boatswain Mate 2nd Class

Kenneth Mace Gift was a Pennsylvania native. He enlisted in the Navy on April 28, 1936 and reported for duty to the USS Utah on August 24, 1940. He was killed in action on December 7, 1941 during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously and remains on duty with his shipmates aboard the Utah. He is commemorated on the Memorial Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. Kenneth was survived by his wife, Mrs. Lena May Gift of Wilmington, California.