Loss of crewman Donald F. Humbarger

July 13, 2013

It is with a heavy heart that I make today’s post. I just received news from David Humbarger, son of BKR2c Donald F. Humbarger, that his father passed away yesterday at the age of 93. Our condolences go out to the Humbarger family.

David’s e-mail is below.

Passing of BKR2c Donald F. Humbarger

Please pardon me for using the crew update form to give you the following news. As a Navy Veteran myself, I know how important it is to hear of a shipmate’s passing.

It is with sadness that I must report to the surviving crew of the USS Little that my father, BKR2c Donald F. Humbarger, passed away of a heart attack yesterday (July 12th) morning. He was 93 years old and married to his wife, Mary, for 66 years.

He loved his ship and was a member of Tin Can Sailors. He had a picture of the Little at his bedside when he passed. The memories of the fatal night when the USS Little courageously went down was always fresh in his memory. He loved to share stories about the crew and what “a fresh loaf of bread” to the right shipmate could do for him. He is survived by his two sons and their wives, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

Thank you,

David Humbarger
USS Corry (DD-817) Veteran