ROBERT W. MACKERT, LCDR, USN
Robert Mackert '31
Date of birth: September 3, 1907
Date of death: June 23, 1944
From the 1931 Lucky Bag:
From Find A Grave:
Lt.Com. Mackert was killed in action while flying his F4F Aircraft on 6-23-1944 in the area of the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific.
He is the son of Mr. & Mrs. William Mackert of 505 Rock Island in Peoria, Illinois, and a 1925 graduate of the old Kingman H.S. (now Woodruff), and the husband of Mrs. Edythe Mackert, and the father of three children in Wisconsin. He was a regular sailor for two years, and was appointed to Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated in 1931, and recieved his Ensign Stripe.
Awards: Purple Heart Medal, Pilot Wings, Legion of Merit, Pacific Campaign Medal with Three Battle Stars, American Campaign Medal, American Defense Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal.
His wife was listed as next of kin.
His "plane crashed at sea; he was attached to USNAB, Eniwetok." (Information from September 1946 issue of Shipmate.) He does not appear on the Killed In Action panel at the front of Memorial Hall; suspect the first line of the biography above is incorrect.
Offer Mass For Comdr. Mackert
A solemn requiem high mass was offered for Commander Robert W. Mackert, U.S.N., by the Rev. Alfred Pritzl at St. Boniface Catholic church at 9 o'clock this morning. Commander Mackert was reported missing on July 3, somewhere in the south Pacific area, and his widow, the former Edythe Kadow, who has been making her home in Manitowoc since his transfer to the combat zone shortly after the first of the year, was recently given official notification by the government of his death while engaged in the line of duty. Besides the widow he is survived by three children, (private) and his father, William Mackert of Peoria, Ill.
Commander Mackert was born Sept. 3, 1907, in Peoria. He was graduated from the Naval academy at Annapolis with the class of 1931. His marriage to Miss Kadow took place Feb. 25, 1938, in St. Anthony's church in Long Beach, Calif. Two years later he transferred to the aviation branch of the service and completed this training in Pensacola, Fla. During the first two years of World War II he was a test pilot in the Navy. While visiting with his family here at the John M. Kadow home during the last Christmas holidays he received word to report in the Pacific theater of war in reply to his request for active duty. News of his transfer cut short his holiday stay in this city and he left by plane to report back to Washington D.C. Manitowoc Herald Times Tuesday, October 24, 1944 pg. 2
Legion of Merit
From Hall of Valor:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Legion of Merit (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Commander Robert W. Mackert (NSN: 0-70030), United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as chief staff officer to the atoll commander in the Marshall Islands area from 31 January to 23 June 1944. Lieutenant Commander Mackert assisted in the initial planning and rapid construction of major airfields immediately after our troops landed at Majuro and Eniwetok. He also served as coordinator of our day and night raids against Ponape and Truk and, in two instances, was largely responsible for the rescue of bomber crews brought down at sea.
General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 334 (January 1945)
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
Memorial Hall Error
He is listed in Memorial Hall as a LCDR, but his memory marker has Commander. In the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1944 he was promoted to Commander to rank from June 1, 1942.