Ens Robert Sinclair Booth, Jr
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Ens Robert Sinclair Booth, Jr

  • Birth 25 Jan 1915 Hickory, Catawba County, North Carolina, USA
  • Death 7 Dec 1941 Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
  • Plot Courts of the Missing
  • Memorial ID 56115878

Robert Sinclair Booth, Jr. was born in Hickory, N.C., on 25 January 1915. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park, Md., for three years, majoring in electrical engineering, and among his civilian jobs, worked as an ordinary seaman on ships of the Baltimore Mail and Isthmian Lines that visited ports in France, Germany, Egypt, Arabia, India, Malaya and South Africa. He enlisted in the naval reserve as an apprentice seaman at Washington, D.C., on 9 July 1940, and received training in the auxiliary (ex-battleship) Wyoming (AG 17) (15 July-9 August 1940), receiving an honorable discharge on 9 August 1940. The following day, Booth received an appointment as a midshipman in the naval reserve and reported for training duty at the Naval Reserve Midshipman's School at New York quartered on board Illinois (IX 15). He completed his training on 13 November 1940 and received his commission as an ensign in the naval reserve on the 14th. On 1 December 1940, Ens. Booth reported for duty in Arizona (BB 39). One year later, he was still serving in the battleship in her E [Engineering] Division, with his battle station in the after distribution room on the first platform deck. He was among the 1,177 killed on board when Japanese bombs sank Arizona during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

USS Booth (DE 170) (1943-1946) was the first ship named in his honor.

USS Booth (DE-170) was a Cannon-class destroyer escort built for the United States Navy during World War II. She served in the Atlantic Ocean and then the Pacific Ocean and provided escort service against submarine and air attack for Navy vessels and convoys.

She was laid down on 30 January 1943 at Newark, New Jersey, by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co.; launched on 21 June 1943; named for Ensign Robert Sinclair Booth, who was assigned to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the first Washington, DC serviceman to die in the war; sponsored by Mrs. Annie L. Booth; towed by ocean-going tug AT-208 from her building yard to Norfolk, Virginia, via the Cape Cod Canal (24-26 June 1943), completed at the Norfolk Navy Yard; and commissioned there on 18 September 1943, Lt. Comdr. Donald W. Todd in command


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  • Maintained by: Sharon Rogers-Fabris
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56115878
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ens Robert Sinclair Booth, Jr (25 Jan 1915–7 Dec 1941), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56115878, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Sharon Rogers-Fabris (contributor 47376092) .