Blauvelt, Robert Pershing, LT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1942-1943, USS Amberjack (SS-219)
Service Years
1938 - 1943

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Port Byron, NY
Last Address
4759 Lenore Dr
San Diego Ca
(wife - Mary Elizabeth Blauvelt)

Casualty Date
Feb 16, 1943
Hostile, Died while Missing
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Pine Hill Cemetery - Throop, New York
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WW II Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family RegistryWorld War II Fallen
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  2015, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2015, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2015, World War II Fallen

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After Action Report posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 432
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Submarine Officer Badge
Submarine Combat Patrol Badge

 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
USS Amberjack (SS-219)
  1942-1943, USS Amberjack (SS-219)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 Submarine War Patrols
  1941-1945 World War II
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1934-1938, United States Naval Academy2
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 20, 2015, General Photos
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Reports received from the enemy after the war record an attack which probably sank Amberjack. On 16 February 1943, Hiyodori and Sub Chaser Number 18 attacked a U.S. submarine with nine depth charges at about 5°05′S 152°37′ECoordinates: 5°05′S 152°37′E. An escorting patrol plane had previously attacked the submarine. A large amount of heavy oil and "parts of the hull" came to the surface. This attack is believed to have sunk Amberjack. However, no final conclusions can be drawn, since Grampus was lost in the same area at about the same time. From the evidence available, it is considered most likely that the attack of 16 February sank Amberjack, but if she did survive this attack, any one of the attacks and sightings thought to have been made on Grampus might have been made on Amberjack.

Name of Award
Silver Star
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Robert Pershing Blauvelt (NSN: 0-81240), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Operator of the Torpedo Data Computer on board the U.S.S. AMBERJACK (SS-219) during the FIRST War Patrol of that Submarine against enemy Japanese shipping in the Solomon Islands Area, from 3 September to 30 October 1942. Proficient in handling fire control equipment and in operating the Torpedo Data Computer, Lieutenant Blauvelt rendered invaluable assistance to his Commanding Officer in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of three valuable enemy ships, totaling 28,600 tons, and in the severe damaging of two additional enemy ships, totaling 14,000 tons, without damage to the AMBERJACK. His heroic conduct and loyal devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Blauvelt and the United States Naval Service.
General Orders: Submarine Force Board Awards: Serial 0061 (November 6, 1945)
Action Date: September 3 - October 30, 1942
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Torpedo Data Computer Operator
Division: U.S.S. Amberjack (SS-219)
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