From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Hurst '40

Date of birth: August 30, 1917

Date of death: July 30, 1945

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1940 Lucky Bag:


Bob was lost in USS Indianapolis (CA 35) when she was sunk by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945.

His parents were listed as next of kin. Bob has a memory marker in Montana.

From History of Class of 1940:

A short Note about our classmate, Robert Huntley Hurst, of Stanford, Montana. Paraphrasing from page 62 of Abandon Ship - Death of the USS INDIANAPOLIS (by Richard F. Newcomb, Henry Holt and Co., 1958, LC Card No. 58-11218), Bob was the assistant damage control officer, standing watch in Damage Control of the INDIANAPOLIS from 1945 until 2345 on the night of July 29, 1945. The INDIANAPOLIS was about one third of the way to Leyte Gulf from Guam, making an SOA of 15.7 knots. When relieved, Bob went to his room and John Woolston, his partner on watch, went to the wardroom for a cup of coffee. At two minutes after midnight the first torpedo from the Japanese submarine I- 58 struck. In less than 16 minutes; the INDIANAPOLIS, in Condition Yoke Modified, sank. Woolston was a survivor, but Bob Hurst was one of the 880 lost out of a crew of 1196 -- he was the last classmate lost during World War II. Phil Echert

Robert graduated with his class on June 6, 1940, but was discharged from the regular Navy that day; it seems that he was commissioned directly into the reserves for some reason. (His date of rank in the July 1941 "Commissioned Officers, Cadets, Midshipmen, and Warrant Officers of the United States Naval Reserve" is June 6, 1940.)

Class of 1940

Robert is one of 91 members of the Class of 1940 on Virtual Memorial Hall.