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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: May 4, 1918
Date of death: January 9, 1945
Age: 26

Lucky Bag

1941 Wolter LB.jpg

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


From: Appleton, Wisconsin. To: U. S. Naval Academy. Via: Lawrence College. Subject: Naval career, request for.

Plebe year was fruit for Kirt; the Deutscher starred easily.

Youngster year Kirt joined the exclusive Snake fraternity and dragged Wisconsin's comeliest representatives in the more exclusive Eastern schools. Log work, battalion soccer, and crew did not interfere with his enviable academic record. He also won the coveted black N.

Second class year Kirt attained radio fame as Gordon Hittenmark's representative. Besides narrowing down the feminine field to one or two aspirants, he displayed a wicked game of squash and acquired a fine collection of classical recordings.

First class year found him working toward "Der Tag" with his customary persistence and thoroughness and looking forward to Pensacola.

Forwarded: Recommending approval.

Soccer 3, 2, 1; Battalion Crew 4, 3, 2; Choir 4, 3, 2, 1; Log 3, 2; Musical Clubs 4, 1; German Club 4, 3, 2, 1.

The Class of 1941 was the first of the wartime-accelerated classes, graduating in February 1941.


Robert was lost with 17 others on January 9, 1945 while aboard USS Colorado (BB 45), operating in Lingayen Gulf, when the ship was struck by "accidental gunfire" from an unspecified source. Fifty-one other men were wounded in the incident.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

He has a memory marker in Wisconsin.

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John Bock '45 was also lost in this incident.

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