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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: July 20, 1918
Date of death: August 11, 1965
Age: 47

Lucky Bag

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From the 1942 Lucky Bag:


Bob, R.R.

Well equipped for most emergencies, Bob's tragedy came when he had no comeback for the corpsman who asked which tree he had dropped from—this despite his ability to convey the opposite impression when undergoing feminine scrutiny. There were a few uneasy moments youngster year, but he eluded the clutches of the Math Department. Perhaps his only relaxation has been chasing lacrosse balls with the rest of the butterfly boys.

Lacrosse 4, 3, 2, N*; 2/c P.O.; 2 Stripes.

The Class of 1942 graduated on December 19, 1941, less than two weeks after the United States entered World War II. The class had previously been scheduled to graduate in February 1942.


Robert was lost at sea when he fell overboard from his flagship, USS Newman K. Perry (DD 883), on August 12, 1965, while the ship was transiting the Atlantic Ocean for deployment to the Mediterranean Sea. He had taken command of Destroyer Squadron 20 only nine days earlier.


He was a member of the Command and Staff class at the Naval War College in 1953.

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Robert is one of 82 members of the Class of 1942 in Memorial Hall.
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