From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Robinson '55

Date of birth: October 21, 1931

Date of death: June 24, 1964

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1955 Lucky Bag:

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Robby was lost when his A-4E crashed on approach to NAS Oceana, Virginia on June 24, 1964. He was a member of Attack Squadron (VA) 43.

He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery and was survived by his wife, Ann, and two children. (Information from August 1964 issue of Shipmate.)

Distinguished Flying Cross

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Robert M. Robinson, United States Navy, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as pilot of a jet aircraft in Attack Squadron FORTY-THREE (VA-43) during a routine training flight on 24 June 1964. Experiencing engine failure while approaching the runway for a landing at NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Lieutenant Robinson elected to remain with his disabled aircraft and succeeded in maneuvering it clear of numerous homes beneath him before ejecting at extremely low altitude. In so doing, he sacrificed his own life to safeguard the lives of others.

General Orders: All Hands (March 1965)
Action Date: June 24, 1964
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Attack Squadron 43 (VA-43)

Class of 1955

Robert is one of 34 members of the Class of 1955 on Virtual Memorial Hall.