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Robert Armstrong Black

Robert Armstrong Black (center)
R. A. Black (center)

 Silver StarPurple Heart Prisoner of War Medal

Rank/Rate Quartermaster, First Class
Service Number 811 44 04
Birth Date January 13, 1911
From Ridgewood, New Jersey
Decorations Silver Star, Purple Heart
Command UDT-10, part of a Special Reconnaissance Detachment carried aboard USS Burrfish (SS-312)
Loss Date August 20, 1944*
Location Gagil Tomil, Yap
Circumstances Taken prisoner while on reconnaissance mission. Executed in captivity.
Remarks Robert was born in Jersey City, New Jersey.

*Date of capture, according to Japanese sources.
Information courtesy of Paul W. Wittmer. Photo and additional information from USS Burrfish Reconnaissance of Yap on 13 August 1944.  Additional information also from Sue Ann Dunford, author of More Than Scuttlebutt - U.S. Navy Demolition Men in WWII.


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