|Birth: ||Mar. 27, 1919|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Jul. 9, 2007|
BMCM, US NAVY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Guill Robertson was the son of Joseph E. Robertson and Mary Guill of McDowell Co., WV. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1941 and was assigned to a Navy Gun Crew on SS Stanvac Calcutta, a merchant oil tanker. The ship was sunk 500 miles east of Recife, Brazil in the Atlantic Ocean in June 1942 by the Hilfskreuzer Stier, a German Merchant Raider. Three of the nine Navy crew were killed at their stations. The survivors were taken on board HK Stier. The Stier rendezvoused with the German supply tanker Charlotte Schliemann and transferred the POW's. Charlotte Schliemann met shortly with the German MS Doggerbank and transferred the POW's again. Doggerbank then sailed to Japan where the POW's on board were transferred to the Japanese and inprisoned at Fukuoka POW Camp #1 on Kyushu Island for the next three years. During this period the captives were used as slave labor. Nearly half of the prisoners died in captivity. Chief Robertson recalled that the German Navy crew treated the prisoners well, without any abuse but the Japanese were often cruel towards their prisoners and would readily beat them. Prisoners were used as slave labor to mine and load coal.
After the war Joseph made the Navy a career and advanced through the enlisted ranks to Chief Petty Officer. His favorite sea duty was on Navy oil tankers. He was one of the very first men selected for the rank of Master Chief Boatswain Mate. Only those familiar with the extensive amount of seamanship knowledge required by a Chief Boatswain Mate on a Navy replinishment ship can appreciate what it meant to be selected for promotion to Master Chief Petty Officer.
His sea career included the following ships:
SS Stanvac Calcutta, HK Stier, MV Charlotte Schliemann, MS Doggerbank, USS Coral Sea, USS Lake Champlain, USS Mississinewa, USS Nantahala and USS Altair.
Chief Robertson's final tour of duty was on the staff of the Chief of Naval Air Training at Naval Station Pensacola.
Obituary: Joseph Guill "Buddy" Robertson, 88, died Monday, July 9, 2007. Buddy was a native of Anawalt, West Virginia, lived most of his retired life in Pensacola, and moved to Tallahassee in February of 2007. He was a member of Gray Memorial United Methodist Church and he attended Victory Bible Baptist church while he lived in Pensacola. He retired after 30 years of service in the United States Navy and was a POW in World War II of both the Germans and the Japanese. He was a recipient of The Purple Heart.
He is survived by his daughter, Penny Lamboy (and husband Juan) of Tallahassee; a sister, Virginia Hymes of North Carolina; a granddaughter, Wendy McSwain (and husband James) of Tallahassee; a great-grandson, Robbie McSwain of Tallahassee; and many other loving family and friends.
He was preceded in death in 1994 by his wife, Ruth Hopkins Robertson.
Joseph Edward Robertson (1877 - 1962)
Mary Elizabeth Guill Robertson (1889 - 1965)
Ruth Hopkins Robertson (1919 - 1994)
Joseph Guill Robertson (1919 - 2007)
James E Robertson (1926 - 1962)*
Clyde Edsel Robertson (1931 - 1958)*
Leroy J. Robertson (1933 - 1989)*
Barrancas National Cemetery
Plot: 42 0 899
Maintained by: Charles E. Carroll
Originally Created by: David Woody
Record added: Jul 12, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 20416745