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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: unknown
Date of death: July 4, 1944
Age: unknown

Lucky Bag

1944 Madsen LB.jpg

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Robert Bruce Madsen

Minneapolis, Minnesota

"NAVY OFFERS CHANCES FOR ADVANCEMENT!" And passing a Minneapolis post office one day, a young bricklayer saw the sign. Next year, he entered the Academy, and, although he dragged often, he never again saw a brick. "Big Bob" brought to Navy an expansive grin and plenty of Scandinavian ambition. Robert showed aptitude for study, sailing, and philosophizing. He could harmonize in a quartet and hold his own in the "bull sessions." When Bob concentrated on something new, he really mastered it and looked on for new fields to conquer. Minnesota gave this lad to Navy, and Uncle Sam will never be able to pay her back. Smooth sailin', Bob.

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.


Robert was lost when his submarine, USS S-28 (SS 133), sank for unknown reasons on July 4, 1944 near Hawaii.

His service number was O-282857 and he was survived by his parents.

Unable to find an individual memorial marker, but there is a memorial for the boat and her crew in North Carolina.

Class Navigation

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