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.
Robert Kinzler at Schofield Barracks,
Hawai'i, May 1941
Morning of December 7, 1941
On the morning of December 7, Private Kinzler was a Morse code radio operator assigned to Headquarters Company 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry (Tropical Lightning) Division, at Schofield Barracks, O'ahu. Schofield Barracks was not a target for the Japanese planes, but rather Wheller Army Airfield, three-quarters of a mile was. 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 got 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, including spending several years at Fort Ward on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and Canada. With more than 22 years of military service, Captain Robert G. Kinzler retired from the United States Army in October of 1962.
Captain Kinzler joined the National Park Service as a volunteer in 1985, and his articulate and personal interpretation of the events surrounding the Pearl Harbor attack have benefited thousands of visitors to Pearl Harbor. He is also currently serving as the president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Aloha Chapter 1, and is the treasurer of Pacific Historic Parks Board of Directors.
Captain Kinzler is especially proud of his daughter, Karen, a 1980 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.