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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: November 28, 1917
Date of death: July 26, 1944
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1940 Proseus LB.jpg

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Sodus, New York

A lithe body, a sharp mind, and a modest manner — completely describe "Prosie." His favorite sports — tennis and boxing; his hobbies — architecture and the reading of good books. Although he isn't perfect, in four years we've found no faults worth mentioning. He was born in Sodus, New York and showed an early interest in architecture. At eighteen he entered the Academy and began his naval career. Where that career will lead, only time can tell, but if quiet industry and an unfailing equanimity of spirit are requisite to a successful naval career, then that shall be his ultimate achievement.


Prosie 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.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Memorial Hall Error

Memorial Hall lists him as a LT, but multiple other sources have him as a LCDR. Likely posthumous promotion

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Charles Fell '34 and Herman Gerdes, Jr. '44 were also lost when USS Robalo (SS 273) was sunk.

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