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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: January 14, 1921
Date of death: January 12, 1945
Age: 23

Lucky Bag

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From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Robert Laurin Janes

Manhattan Beach, California

The fighting Marines of Long Beach lost a good leatherneck when "Janie" came East. But California gained another energetic representative for the "Land of Sunshine." Outside of a misunderstanding with "Bull" plebe year and a neck and neck race with Steam youngster year, he had little trouble mastering the course. Janie fired a revolver on watch one night during youngster year, and the ex-marine did some futile explaining. The Executive Department forgave him after twenty days. If you ever hear an officer loudly expounding on the glories of the Pacific Coast and talking oranges, grapefruit and sunshine, it will be Janie still pitching for the Navy and California.

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 USS Swordfish (SS-193) was sunk, probably by enemy vessels, off the Ryukyu Islands on January 12, 1945.

He was survived by Mrs. Shirley C. Janes.

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