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 Robert Raymond Follett

Robert Raymond Follett

Birth
Death 3 May 1945 (aged 29)
At Sea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Sec: 34, Site: 2988
Memorial ID 49183072 · View Source
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Husband of Lillian Follett who resided in Rochester, New York.

Robert served as a Mineman 2nd Class, U.S.S. Aaron Ward (DD-483), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided at 156 South Fitzhugh Street, Rochester, Monroe County, New York prior to the war.

The Aaron Ward was covering LST-449 off Togoma Point, Guadalcanal. (One of the passengers on LST-449 was then Lieutenant junior grade John F. Kennedy, later to become President of the United States).

They were attacked on April 7, 1943 by at least 6 Japanese planes that released multiple bombs that severely damaged the Ward causing her to later sink. 20 men died, 59 were wounded, and 7 went missing.

Robert was on of the 59 crewmen that was wounded. He later "Died Of those Wounds" in the South Pacific during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 2341502

The Aaron Ward was awarded four battle stars for her World War II service.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

The below newspaper report says that the Aaron Ward was brought to port which it was not.

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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - May 8, 1947

A permanent Presidential Citation for "extraordinary heroism" in the Navy action off Okinawa in which he gave his life has been awarded to MM 2/c Robert R. Follett, 29, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hartman, 156 Fitzhugh St. S.

The sailor died when his ship, the USS Aaron Ward was attacked by approximately 25 Japanese kamikaze planes while on picket duty on May 3, 1945. While the ship was damaged heavily in the action, the crew managed to keep it afloat and brought it into port.

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Gravesite Details MM2C USN

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 5 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49183072
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Robert Raymond Follett (27 Oct 1915–3 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49183072, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .