2/4/1912 – 10/15/2008 Branch: Navy Rank: Carpenter 1st Class Unit: USS Mattaponi Service Dates: 1942 – 1945 County: Pettis City: Sedalia, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Atlantic and Mediterranean Theaters, Casablanca Story uploaded: Friday, September 28, 2007 / Updated: Monday, September 4, 2023
10/14/1932 – 9/3/2009 Branch: Navy Rank: TM3C SS Service Dates: 1951 – 1955 County: Pettis City: Sedalia, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: Korea, Submarine USS Blackfin Story uploaded: Friday, September 28, 2007 / Updated: Friday August 18th, 2023
8/7/1926 – 8/24/2015 Branch: Navy Rank: Seaman 1st Class Unit: USS Wilkes Barre Service Dates: 1943 – 1947 County: Lafayette City: Lake Lafayette, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Forward Assault of Okinawa and Japan, Diverted Japan during the invasion of Iwo Jima, Helped rescue the USS Bunker Hill, Present for the Japanese Surrender Ceremony & Occupation Of Japan Story uploaded: Thursday, October 4, 2007 / Updated: Wednesday, July 12, 2023
1/12/1925 – 12/13/2013 Branch: Navy Rank: Lt. Commander Unit: various ships Service Dates: 1943 – 1967 Veteran Station: Franklin County: Franklin Enlisted Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Pacific, Inchon Invasion, Wonsong River Patrol Force Story uploaded: Thursday, June 14, 2007 / Updated: Thursday June 22nd, 2023
07/10/1921 – 09/01/2016 Branch: Navy Rank: Lt. Service Dates: 1943 – 1946 Veteran Station: Pelelliu, Okinawa County: Boone Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II, Courier For Top Secret Communication Story uploaded: Saturday, June 30, 2007/Modified: Wednesday March 1, 2023
4/23/1923 – TBD Branch: Navy Rank: First Class Petty Officer Outfit: Waves Service Dates: 1943 – 1945 County: Pettis City: Sedalia, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: Radio Navigation and Instrument Instructor in World War II Story uploaded: Saturday, December 8, 2007/modified: Monday, February 6th, 2023
11/1/1924 – 10/10/2010 Branch: Navy Rank: MM3 Machinist Mate 3rd Class Service Dates: – 1946 Veteran Station: USS Midway & USS Tuscaloosa County: Davidson City: Nashville, TN Enlisted Conflicts/Significant Events: WWII Story uploaded: October 15, 2010/modified: November 18, 2022
Branch: Navy Rank: ETM 3rd Class Unit: Electronics Technicians Mate Service Dates: 1944 – 1946 County: St. Louis City City: St. Louis, MO Conflicts/Significant Events: World War II Stationed on the USS Cero & The USS Balao
Story uploaded/modified: Sunday, December 7, 2008/Monday April 25th, 2022
Bob volunteered in the United States Navy where he was active duty from 1944 to 1946. There he studied electronics and graduated from the U.S. Navy’s submarine school with the rank of ETM3c (Electronic Technician’s Mate) in January, 1946. He schooled at NTC Great Lakes, IL; NTSCH Michigan City, IN; NTC (EE& RM) Gulfport, MS; NTSCH Navy Pier Chicago, IL, and PSC Lido Beach, Long Island, NY. While at Great Lakes Naval Training Station Robert volunteered for the drum and bugle corps. Robert’s first assignment was the submarine USS Cero, a Gato-class submarine in drydock for overhaul at New London, CT, and then on the USS Balao, the lead ship of the Balao-class of submarines based out of Portsmouth, NH. On the USS Balao, Robert worked in communications (the wireless room), which included the ship’s radar. In his free time aboard ship, Robert took correspondence courses through the United States Armed Forces Institute. The USS Balao patrolled the Atlantic looking for Japanese subs until the cessation of war with the surrender of Japan in August of 1945. On June 15, 1946 Robert was honorably discharged at the U.S.N. Personnel Separation Center in Lido Beach, Long Island, NY. (Incidentally, the USS Balao later enjoyed stardom in 1959 when it was featured as the pink-painted submarine in the Cary Grant comedy Operation Petticoat while based out of Key West. It returned to full service until it was later decommissioned in 1963). In June, 1946, Robert re-enlisted with the Navy, (inactive status) and was honorably discharged a second time on June 15, 1950 at Hdqtrs 1ND, Boston, Massachusetts. Robert was the recipient of the American Theatre Medal and the Victory Medal for his active service.
1926 – N/A Branch: Navy Service Dates:Enlisted 1943 – 1946 Conflicts/Significant Events: WWII, transported to the Philippines and the South Pacific Islands on The Queen Mary Story uploaded/modified: Was an original pilot interview for the our project in 2006
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