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Robert Linwood Jordan

Death 25 Oct 1944
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 169199676 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until October 26, 1945, 1 year and 1 day after he went missing as was the custom.

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Son of Mr. & Mrs. George Leslie Jordan who resided in Hartford, Connecticut.

Robert served as a Machinist's Mate Second Class, U.S.S. Gambier Bay (CVE-73), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Hartford County, Connecticut prior to the war.

The U.S.S. Gambier Bay, in the Battle of Leyte Gulf (aka. Battle off Samar), was first hit by a 8 in (200 mm) shell from the Japanese Heavy Cruiser Chikuma which flooded her forward engine room, cutting her speed in half. The ship was then attacked by the Japanese battleship Yamato at close to point blank range and was severely damaged and sank during the war.

Robert was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack.

Robert was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 8076771

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The Gambier Bay was the only U.S. Navy aircraft carrier sunk by surface naval gunfire during World War II. The Ship received four battle stars for service in World War II and shared in the award of the Presidential Unit Citation to "Taffy 3" for extraordinary heroism in the Battle off Samar.

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    Six U.S. ships and approximately 3,000 seaman were lost in the three day Battle of Leyte Gulf ( Oct. 23 - 26 ) which was a victory for the U.S. Navy:

U.S.S. Gambier Bay (CVE-73) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Hoel (DD-533) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Johnston (DD-557) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. Princeton (CVL-23) ~ October 24th
U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts (DE-413) ~ October 25th
U.S.S. St. Lo (CVE-63) ~ October 25th

The Japanese losses were:

1 fleet carrier, 3 light carriers, 3 battleships, 10 cruisers, 11 destroyers and approximately 12,500 seaman.

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Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

Special thanks to:
Janice Hollandsworth for finding that this record was not recorded at Manila!





  • Created by: Russ Pickett
  • Added: 2 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 169199676
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Linwood Jordan (unknown–25 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 169199676, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .