From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Settle '41

Date of birth: February 6, 1919

Date of death: September 20, 1944

Age: 25

Lucky Bag

From the 1941 Lucky Bag:


Robert was lost on September 20, 1944 when his aircraft collided with another approximately 2 miles west of Bunnell, Florida. (Information from November 1944 issue of Shipmate).

He is buried in Virginia and has a memory marker in the Winona neighborhood of Norfolk, Virginia.


Soon after graduating Robert served aboard USS California, whose home port was Pearl Harbor. An account of the action aboard the California on December 7, 1941 cites several ensigns, including Robert, among the brave men who assisted others when the ship came under attack: "Ensigns Edgar M. Fain, R.B. Canfield, Charles W. Gunnels Jr., Cary H. Hall, Stanley C. Hall, Robert D. Kirkpatrick Jr., Charles J. Lyden, Thomas P. McGrath, Archibald T. Nicholson Jr., Thomas J. Rudden Jr., Robert L. Settle, and William W. Walker “displayed outstanding qualities of leadership, bravery, and coolness” while fighting fires and rescuing men."


Rob was an Eagle Scout, earning the distinction in August 1934.

Class of 1941

Robert is one of 60 members of the Class of 1941 on Virtual Memorial Hall.