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Last Rank
Rear Admiral Upper Half
Last Primary NEC
113X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Special Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, Boston Navy Yard
Service Years
1906 - 1945
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Contact Info
Home Town
San Francisco, California
Last Address
Marblehead, Massachusetts. He died in Boston, on 13 May 1957.

Date of Passing
May 13, 1957
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 7 Site 10199

 Official Badges 

US Pacific Command

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1940, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Battle Streamer of the Great War (WWI) st

Battle Streamers of Asia-Pacific Campaigns (WWII)

    Robert Alfred Theobald (January 25, 1884-May 13, 1957) was nicknamed "Fuzzy" while at the Naval Academy. He was a United States Navy Rear Admiral and, most notably the author of the 1947 book The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor: The Washington Background of the Pearl Harbor Attack.

    Born in 1884, Theobald graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1907. By 1939, Theobald had been appointed chief-of-staff under Admiral Claude C. Bloch and, shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, was named commander of the Destroyers Pacific Fleet in December 1941.

    In 1942, Theobald was promoted to Rear Admiral and given command of Task Force 8 based in Alaska. After suffering minor defeats against Japanese naval forces, including the Japanese capture of the Aleutian Islands of Attu and Kiska, Theobald was subsequently replaced by Rear Admiral Thomas C. Kinkaid. Remaining inactive until his retirement in 1945, Theobald gained considerable notoriety with his book The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor: The Washington Background of the Pearl Harbor Attack, which accused the Roosevelt administration of "arranging" the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as provocation to enter World War II.

    Theobald's son, Robert Jr. (1910-1989) was also a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (1931) and served as a captain in the U.S. Navy.

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His son, Captain Robert A. Theobald, Jr., was awarded the Navy Cross during WWII.
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US NavyNaval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)USS Noa (DD-343)USS West Virginia (BB-48)
Naval War College (Faculty Staff)Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)COMCRUDESPAC
Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1917-1918, USS New York (BB-34)
  1919-1921, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1922-1924, Commander In Chief Asiatic Fleet/Commander, Destroyers, Asiatic Fleet (COMDESAF)
  1923-1924, USS Noa (DD-343)
  1924-1927, Naval Postgraduate School (Faculty Staff)
  1927-1929, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1929-1930, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1930-1931, Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)
  1932-1934, Commander, Destroyers, Pacific Fleet
  1934-1935, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1935-1937, Naval War College (Faculty Staff)
  1937-1938, USS Nevada (BB-36)
  1938-1939, Commander in Chief, United States Fleet (CINCUS)
  1940-1941, Commander, Cruiser Division THREE
  1941-1941, COMCRUDESPAC
  1941-1942, Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet (CINCPACFLT)/Commander Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT)
  1943-1945, 1st Naval District
  1944-1945, Boston Navy Yard
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1917-1918 World War I
  1941-1945 World War II
  1942-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1903-1907, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Biography Robert Alfred Theobald
  Aug 01, 1943, Aleutians Campaign June 1942 - August 1943
  Aug 19, 1944, Commandant, First Naval District
  Jan 01, 1945, RAdm. Robert Alfred Theobald: COMMANDS1
  Jan 01, 1954, The Final Secret of Pearl Harbor
  Jul 01, 1954, Controversial War Book Is Reviewed1
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