From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Robert Blauvelt '38

Date of birth: February 14, 1919

Date of death: February 16, 1943

Age: 24

Lucky Bag

From the 1938 Lucky Bag:


Robert was lost when USS Amberjack (SS 219) was sunk by a patrol craft on February 16, 1943 near Rabaul.

His wife was listed as next of kin. He has a memory marker in New York.

Silver Star

From Hall of Valor:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Robert Pershing Blauvelt (NSN: 0-81240), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Operator of the Torpedo Data Computer on board the U.S.S. AMBERJACK (SS-219) during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine against enemy Japanese shipping in the Solomon Islands Area, from 3 September to 30 October 1942. Proficient in handling fire control equipment and in operating the Torpedo Data Computer, Lieutenant Blauvelt rendered invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of three valuable enemy ships, totaling 28,600 tons, and in the severe damaging of two additional enemy ships, totaling 14,000 tons, without damage to the AMBERJACK. His heroic conduct and loyal devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Blauvelt and the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Submarine Force Board Awards: Serial 0061 (November 6, 1945)
Action Date: September 3 - October 30, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Torpedo Data Computer Operator
Division: U.S.S. Amberjack (SS-219)

Class of 1938

Robert is one of 71 members of the Class of 1938 on Virtual Memorial Hall.