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F1c Robert Gustave Kern

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F1c Robert Gustave Kern

Birth
USA
Death
13 Sep 1944 (aged 19)
At Sea
Memorial Site*
Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA

* A structure erected in honor of someone whose remains lie elsewhere.

Plot
Tablets of the Missing ~ U.S. Navy
Memorial ID
58529996 View Source

Robert served as a Fireman First Class, U.S.S. Warrington (DD-383), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided on Shawnee Road, Milford, Kent County, Delaware prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy on August 20, 1943 and was received on board the U.S.S. Warrington on April 15, 1944.

The U.S.S. Warrington (DD-383), along with the USS Hyades (AF-28), had left Norfolk two days prior and encountered heavy weather off the Florida Coast. In the afternoon the Warrington received word that she was steaming directly into a hurricane. This hurricane was eventually called " The Great Atlantic Hurricane ".

The storm forced the Warrington to heave to later in the evening and the Hyades continued on her way alone. During the storm the Warrington took on a lot of water which made them lose electrical power and eventually caused their engines to quit.

The order to abandon ship was given at noon on September 13th. Almost immediately after every one had abandoned ship the Warrington sank. Of the destroyer's 20 officers and 301 men " 15 " officers and " 233 " sailors were lost.

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

He had served in the Navy for one year and one month at the time of his death.

Service # 8127529

Son of Gustave Kern and Maude Stayton Kern.

Brother of Donald (Navy) Norman, Charles, Eleanor, Patsy and Janet.

This hurricane also caused the C.G.C. Bedloe (WSC-128), C.G.C. Jackson (WSC-142), minesweeper YMS-409, and the lightship Vineyard Sound (LV-73) to sink with a total loss of " 340 " sailors.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )

Robert served as a Fireman First Class, U.S.S. Warrington (DD-383), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided on Shawnee Road, Milford, Kent County, Delaware prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Navy on August 20, 1943 and was received on board the U.S.S. Warrington on April 15, 1944.

The U.S.S. Warrington (DD-383), along with the USS Hyades (AF-28), had left Norfolk two days prior and encountered heavy weather off the Florida Coast. In the afternoon the Warrington received word that she was steaming directly into a hurricane. This hurricane was eventually called " The Great Atlantic Hurricane ".

The storm forced the Warrington to heave to later in the evening and the Hyades continued on her way alone. During the storm the Warrington took on a lot of water which made them lose electrical power and eventually caused their engines to quit.

The order to abandon ship was given at noon on September 13th. Almost immediately after every one had abandoned ship the Warrington sank. Of the destroyer's 20 officers and 301 men " 15 " officers and " 233 " sailors were lost.

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

He had served in the Navy for one year and one month at the time of his death.

Service # 8127529

Son of Gustave Kern and Maude Stayton Kern.

Brother of Donald (Navy) Norman, Charles, Eleanor, Patsy and Janet.

This hurricane also caused the C.G.C. Bedloe (WSC-128), C.G.C. Jackson (WSC-142), minesweeper YMS-409, and the lightship Vineyard Sound (LV-73) to sink with a total loss of " 340 " sailors.

( Bio by: Russ Pickett )


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