|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1926|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 2008|
Captain Robert Emmett McCabe USN (Ret)
Robert Emmett McCabe, Jr. passed away Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at home in Redmond. He was 82.
Robert was born January 15, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Robert and Lillian McCabe. He was raised in St Paul, where he attended Nativity Elementary and Cretin High. Upon graduation in from high school he enlisted in the United States Navy and was selected for the V-12 Officer Training Program at the University of Minnesota, where he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While at the University of Minnesota he excelled in athletics and was selected as the goalie for the 1946 US Hockey team. On February 20, 1946 he received his Commission as an Ensign in the USN.
Robert's initial assignments included sea duty throughout the Far East, including duty in pre-communist Shanghai, China. On March 1, 1950 he married Ruth Ann Iannucci of Coronado, California. During the Korean War he was awarded the Bronze Star for gallantry during the Inchon Landings, leading damage control parties aboard the USS Collett, after the ship sustained heavy damage from enemy shore batteries. After the war he continued to serve in various warship the U.S. Pacific Fleet and at several shore stations. In 1960 he graduated from the U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and thereafter served as Executive Officer in USS CUSHING and USS TUNER JOY. He assumed command of USS SAMMUEL N. MOORE in 1962. Subsequent duties included duty in Washington on the Navy Staff, sequential command of Escort Squadron 3, Destroyer Squadron 33, and Destroyer Squadron 33. He also was assigned as Chief of Staff of Cruiser-Destroyer Flotilla 7 and then as Commanding Officer of USS DALE (DLG-19). In 1971 he assumed command of USS FOX (DLG-33). In addition to various service medals, he holds the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat V, Nave Unit Commendation, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Vietnam Navy Medal Second Class. At the time of his retirement as a Captain he was Commanding Officer of the Navel Destroyer School in Newport, Rhode Island.
Upon retiring from the service, he and Ruth moved to San Diego, California where he obtained an MBA at the University of San Diego. In 1982 they moved to Apple Valley, Minnesota, where Robert worked for Sperry Univac as Naval Systems Engineer. Upon retirement from his second career in 1992 he and Ruth moved to Redmond, Washington.
In his leisure time Robert enjoyed telling sea stories and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. His family remembers him as a loving husband, father and grandfather who possessed a keen sense of humor and charming smile. He will be deeply missed.
Private inurnment will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, California.
Arrangements are entrusted to Flintoft's Funeral Home and Crematory in Issaquah, WA.
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery
San Diego County
Plot: SECTION GN4 SITE RR
Created by: Papawraith
Record added: Aug 04, 2010
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