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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: April 9, 1921
Date of death: March 28, 1945
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

1944 Roberts LB.jpg

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Clayton John Roberts

Warroad, Minnesota

This Minnesota Swede came to Annapolis from the shores of the Lake of the Woods. With a strong will and determination, "Doc" brushed aside such slight obstacles as "Steam" and math. Soon after trying football and basketball, this husky Swede found crew to be his sport. On any weekday afternoon he could be found in a shell on the Severn, on any Sunday, in the midst of the choir. Like any true crewman "Doc" became a "snake" at the hops. With a true fighting spirit, an ability to take rough treatment, and an ardent desire to give his best, "Doc" will become a valuable asset to our fleet.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Clayton was lost when USS Trigger (SS 237) was sunk by Japanese vessels on March 28, 1945 in the East China Sea.

He was survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Mary Roberts.

Navy and Marine Corps Medal

From Hall of Valor:

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Junior Grade Clayton J. Roberts (NSN: 0-282878), United States Navy, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroic conduct during World War II

General Orders: American Battle Monuments Commission
Action Date: World War II
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Class Navigation

Class of 1944
Clayton is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.
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