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S1 Robert Donald Burleigh

S1 Robert Donald Burleigh

New Hampshire, USA
Death 28 May 1945
At Sea
Cenotaph Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing ~ Court 5
Memorial ID 56116803 · View Source
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Robert served as a Seaman First Class, U.S.S. Drexler (DD-741), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Northfield, Merrimack County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

The Drexler, while on picket duty off Okinawa with the U.S.S. Lowry (DD-770), was attacked by Japanese kamikazes. The first one hit causing gasoline fires across the deck. The second one, a Japanese "Frances" P1Y1 bomber hit the Drexler and caused her to sink within 50 seconds. 158 crewmen were killed and 52 wounded.

Robert was declared "Missing In Action" in this sinking during the war.

He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Service # 5732958

Son of Mr. & Mrs. Donald K. Burleigh.

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The Drexler received one battle star for World War II service.

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett





  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56116803
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for S1 Robert Donald Burleigh (unknown–28 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56116803, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .