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111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
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Line Officer
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1963-1964, United Nations Command (UNC)
Service Years
1937 - 1964

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Portsmouth, N.H.
Last Address
Naval Academy Cemetery
CAPT Robert Alfred Theobald, Jr., USN
Class of 1931
September 17, 1910 - July 18, 1989
Section 03, Lot No. 0343

Date of Passing
Jul 18, 1989
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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  1955, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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   The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert A. Theobald Jr., Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of this profession as Executive Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. Smith (DD-378), during the engagement with enemy Japanese forces north of the Santa Cruz Islands on 26 October 1942. When a flaming Japanese plane crashed on the forecastle of his ship, its torpedo exploding, Lieutenant Commander Theobald gallantly led a fire party to the scene despite fierce aerial attacks, finally extinguished the blaze, thereby enabling his ship to maintain her station in a carrier's screen. The conduct of Lieutenant Commander Theobald throughout this action reflects great credit upon himself, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 317 (August 1943)
Born: September 17, 1910 at Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Home Town: Scarsdale, New York

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Robert A. Theobald Jr., USN

   Captain Theobald graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1931. While at the Academy he was active in wrestling and won the championship in the 115-pound class. After leaving the Academy he went to fleet.
He served aboard the battleships USS Maryland (BB-46) and USS New Mexico (BB-40). Captain Theobald served on following destroyers: USS Dale (DD-353), USS Rodgers (DD-254), USS Chew (DD-106), and the USS Porter (DD-356).
   While serving as Executive Officer of USS Smith (DD-378), which he subsequently commanded for one year, LCDR Theobald was en route into Pearl Harbor on the morning of December 7, 1941, and witnessed the initial Japanese attack. His wife, children, and parents were at Pearl Harbor at the time. The ship passing Pearl Harbor continued into action in Pacific waters and for essentially all of WW 2 he served on destroyers.
   He was in the Pacific continuously with the single exception of a six-month period when he put the destroy USS John W. Weeks in commission on 21 July 1944.
   At the end of the war he was Chief Staff Officer to Commander Task Flotilla Three in the USS Flint (CLAA-97).   He was then assigned to Newport Naval Base, on the staff on the Line School and to the staff of Commander Destroyers, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Later, he spends time in Norfolk as Commander Destroyer Division Forty-Two.
   He assumed command of the attack transport, USS Randall (APA-224) in 1954, followed by duty in the Strategic Plans Division of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, then as Commander of Destroyer Flotilla Five based in Hawaii. His final active duty was as Deputy U.S. Naval Representative to the Military Staff Committee of the United Nations.
   Captain Theobald’s decorations included the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Bronze Star with Combat V, Letter of Commendation, and various area service ribbons, including the Asiatic-Pacific with seven Campaign Stars.

RADM. Robert A. Theobald's son, Robert Jr. (1910-1989), was also
a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (1931).

His father's profile located at:

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USS Maryland (BB-46)US NavyUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS John W. Weeks (DD-701)
Naval Education and Training Center Newport (Faculty Staff)USS Randall (APA-224)CNO - OPNAVUnited Nations Command (UNC)
  1931-1932, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1933-1935, USS New Mexico (BB-40)
  1935-1939, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1940, USS Dale (DD-353)
  1940-1940, USS Rodgers (DD-254)
  1940-1941, USS Chew (DD-106)
  1941-1942, USS Porter (DD-356)
  1942-1943, USS Smith (DD-378)
  1943-1944, USS Smith (DD-378)
  1944-1945, USS John W. Weeks (DD-701)
  1946-1948, USS Flint (CL-97)
  1948-1950, Naval Education and Training Center Newport (Faculty Staff)
  1950-1952, Commander, Division Six, Destroyer Force
  1950-1952, Commander Atlantic Squadron (COMLANTRON)
  1952-1953, Major Commands
  1954-1956, USS Randall (APA-224)
  1956-1958, Strategic Studies Group (SSG), CNO - OPNAV
  1958-1963, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1963-1964, United Nations Command (UNC)
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  1941-1945 World War II
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