Lieut Robert L. Hale

Lieut Robert L. Hale

Death 24 Oct 1943 (aged 27)
Burial Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 16318983 · View Source
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The long awaited homecoming for a soldier killed in action in WWII more than 60 years prior finally came home. His family set aside a plot, which had a headstone bearing Roberts name, although they never knew if they would ever be able to give him a proper burial. But they were contacted that the air force lieutenant's remains were positively identified. He is now in the cemetery with the rest of the family. They finally had closure. Second Lt. Robert Hale was 27 when a Japanese fighter plane shot down his B25 bomber over part of New Guinea in 1943, killing him and three other crew members. He had been a sports star at Natick High School. He was a shy guy, but very athletic. During the year when he played football at Cushing Academy in Ashburnham. A famous alumna, Bette Davis, came to one of the games and promised a kiss to any Cushing player who scored a touchdown. Bob scored and got a kiss.
Hale was not married and didn't have any children, but his family had suspected there was a woman he was smitten with at the time. He received a ceremony in Arlington National Cemetery, but he was buried with full military honors in Rowley with his family. Some of his remains were also buried in Arlington National Cemetery, along with those of his crew members who died.

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  • Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 25 Oct 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 16318983
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Robert L. Hale (11 Dec 1915–24 Oct 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 16318983, citing Rowley Burial Ground, Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Elizabeth Reed (contributor 46561848) .