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Lieut Robert Neal Robertson

Lieut Robert Neal Robertson

Birth
Quanah, Hardeman County, Texas, USA
Death 10 Jan 1943 (aged 30)
Australia
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
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Memorial ID 24642867 · View Source
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Robert N. Robertson was the Navigation Officer of the submarine USS Squalus (SS 192) when she sunk on a test dive off Portsmouth, NH on May 23, 1939. 26 crewmen drowned in the flooding of the after compartments of the boat, but Robertson was among 33 who survived. They were rescued over the next two days by a diving bell.

Most of the Squalus crew worked on the salvage of the Squalus and Robertson and the entire officers and crew volunteered to serve on the refurbished Squalus, renamed Sailfish. However, the Navy had all officers re-assigned and only 4 Squalus crewmen sailed on the Sailfish.

Robertson's last duty was on the USS Argonaut, which was lost at sea off New Guinea north of Australia. She reportedly torpedoed a Japanese ship, but was counter attacked by destroyers. Damaged by depth charges, she came to the surface and was finished off by the big guns of the destroyers with all hands lost.

Robertson was one four Squalus survivors lost in battle during WW II and the only one of the surviving officers to meet this fate.

The conning tower of the Squalus/Sailfish was made into a memorial at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard commemorating those who served aboard the boat.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Texas.

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  • Created by: David Pike
  • Added: 15 Feb 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 24642867
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Robert Neal Robertson (1 Dec 1912–10 Jan 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 24642867, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by David Pike (contributor 46966735) Body lost at sea.