Robert Wyatt Granston

Robert Wyatt Granston

Birth
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Death 5 May 2017 (aged 100)
Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 13, Site 13573-D
Memorial ID 181498403 · View Source
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Navy Cross Citation
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant, Junior Grade (SC), [then Ensign] Robert W. Granston (NSN: 0-85640), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession while serving with the Supply Corps, SIXTEENTH Naval District, Cavite, Philippine Islands, during the bombardment and occupation of the Philippine Islands by enemy Japanese forces beginning on 10 December 1941. Courageous and untiring under repeated and sustained hostile bombing and strafing attacks, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Granston rendered valiant service during the gallant stand by our forces against a prolonged and determined siege by the Japanese. His fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.As a Lt(jg), Robert W. Granston was held as a POW in the Philippine Islands. In December 1944, he was boarded onto the Oryoku Maru for transport to Japan. The ship sailed on December 13th and came under attack from American planes on December 14th. As evening approached, the attack was called off. The next day the planes returned and continued the attack. When the pilots saw the large number of men climbing from the ship’s holds, they realized the ship was carrying POWs and called off the attack. After the POWs were off the ship, the attack resumed and the ship was sunk by American planes at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, on December 15, 1944. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Enoura Maru which sailed on December 27th and reached Takao, Formosa, by the New Year. While docked it was bombed by American planes on January 9, 1945, killing many of the POWs. The surviving POWs were boarded onto the Brazil Maru which sailed on January 13th and reached Japan on January 29, 1945. In Japan, he ws held at Fukuoka #1 until liberated at the end of the war. He remained in the Navy and rose in rank to captain.


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  • Created by: Anne Cady
  • Added: 18 Jul 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 181498403
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Wyatt Granston (28 Dec 1916–5 May 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 181498403, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Anne Cady (contributor 46985237) .