Brown, Robert Thomas, LTJG Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Lieutenant Junior Grade
Last Primary Designator/NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - qualified in Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Officer
Last Duty Station
1943-1944, CINCPACFLT/ COMPACFLT
Service Years
1942 - 1944
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Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
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Lieutenant Junior Grade Lieutenant Junior Grade

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1920
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Elberton
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 01, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
South China Sea
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/World War II*/Lost at Sea/USS Scorpion (SS-278)
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Conflict  :   Campaigns, Battles and Exercises
Start Year
1700
End Year
2100
Description
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Conflict  :   Wars and Conflicts
Start Year
1700
End Year
2099
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Conflict
   
Conflict  :   World War II*
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
World War 2
   
Patrol  :   Submarine War Patrols
Start Year
1939
End Year
1945
Description
Not Specified
   
Participation
From Year
1939
To Year
1945
 
Personal Recollections

Memories
on 13 October, departed Pearl Harbor for her third war patrol. After touching at Midway Island on 17 October, she headed for the Mariana Islands, where she reconnoitered Pagan Island and Agrihan Island on 25 October and 26 October, and Farallon de Pajoras on 1 November and 2 November. On the last date, she struck an uncharted pinnacle; but suffering no apparent damage, continued her patrol. On 3 November, she was off Maug; and, two days later, she sighted her first target, a Mogami class cruiser. Squalls interfered, however, and she abandoned the target after a four-hour chase. On 7 November, she was back off Agrihan; and, on 8 November, she closed with a freighter, which turned and gave chase. The freighter was a Q-ship, a warship disguised as a merchantman. Unable to regain the advantage, Scorpion retired.

Poor weather continued to plague the submarine's hunting until, on 13 November, she sighted a freighter and a tanker escorted by three warships. Firing her torpedoes, she scored on the oiler, which went dead in the water. One of the escorts dropped depth charges, then rejoined the formation. On 14 November, Scorpion patrolled near Rota; and, on 15 November, she watched for targets off Saipan.

For the next week, the submarine continued to work the shipping lanes of the Mariana Islands without success. Heavy seas and squalls continued to shelter enemy traffic. On 22 November, she sighted a transport accompanied by two destroyers and a corvette. She stalked the formation for 16 hours but was unable to fire. A few hours later, low on fuel, she headed home.


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