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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 28, 1922
Date of death: July 30, 1945
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

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From the 1945 Lucky Bag:

Robert Burton Billings

Aurora, Illinois

After a year of engineering at Purdue, Bob got a whiff of salt air and headed for the Academy. Coming right along with him were his big bag of golf clubs and his guitar. "Bing" soon became a regular member of the rhythm section of the NA-10, but he was better known for his ten minute jam-sessions just before taps. He kept himself well supplied with feminine addresses; almost every Saturday noon saw him heading for town to pick up one of his numerous drags. Bob's personality and ability should make him as welcome in the Fleet as he has been among his friends at the Academy.

Golf 4; Battalion Pushball 3; NA-10, 4, 3, 1; Italian Club 4, 3.

He was a member of the 8th Company staff (1st set).

The Class of 1945 was graduated in June 1944 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Robert was lost at sea when USS Indianapolis (CA 35) was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945.

He has a memory marker in California.

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Harold Moynelo, Jr. ’45 was also lost in the sinking.

Conrad Grove, Jr. '45, Lloyd Wyatt, Jr. '45, Arthur Day '45, James Dawley, Jr. '45, Jack Flanagan '45, Alfred Sawyer '45, Richard Hodsdon '45, and John Horn '45 were also in 8th Company.

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