From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Herman Gerdes, Jr. '44

Date of birth: April 6, 1921

Date of death: July 26, 1944

Age: 23

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


Herman was lost when USS Robalo (SS 273) sank on July 26, 1944, possibly by a mine. Only four men survived the initial sinking, but they were captured and did not survive to tell what they knew of the loss.

He was a member of the Citadel class of 1941 and has a memory marker in North Carolina. Herman was survived by his wife, Mrs. Willie Fae Gerdes of South Carolina.

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Charles Fell '34 and Reginald Proseus, Jr. '40 were also lost when USS Robalo (SS 273) was sunk.

Class of 1944

Herman is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.