Kronberger, Robert Samuel, LCDR

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Commander
Last Primary NEC
613X-Limited Duty Officer - Engineering/Repair - Surface
Last Rating/NEC Group
Limited Duty Officer
Primary Unit
1969-1970, Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard
Service Years
1935 - 1970
Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander

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Contact Info
Home Town
Boston MA
Last Address
92314 Big Bear City, San Bernardino, California

Date of Passing
Oct 05, 2006
Location of Interment
Riverside National Cemetery - Riverside, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Command US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

Pearl Harbor Memorial Medallion US Navy Honorable Discharge Navy Chief 100 Yrs 1893-1993 Navy Chief Initiated

Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
American LegionAmerican Veterans (AMVETS)Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)Reserve Officers Association (ROA)Naval Order of the United States
Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers
  1950, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, American Veterans (AMVETS) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1958, Pearl Harbor Survivor's Association [Verified]
  1970, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1970, Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1970, Reserve Officers Association (ROA)
  1970, Naval Order of the United States
  1970, Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Commander Robert Samuel Kronberger

Pearl Harbor Survivor
USS West Virginia  December 7th, 1941
Robert, his brother Edward and their father Sam
were all aboard the West Virginia at the time of the attack
and are all listed as the Co-Founders of PHSA

Enlisted U.S. Navy, 5 March 1935
Retired December 1, 1970
Held All Enlisted Pay Grades From Apprentice Seaman Through Master Chief Petty Officer
Held All Officer Ranks Lieutenant Junior Grade Through Commander

Served in Various Ships and at Various Stations (Was on the Yangtze River in China During the Rape of Nanking and the Sinking of USS Panay).

WW II Service:
Aboard U.S.S. West Virginia During the Attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th 1941. (Ship Sunk)
February 2nd 1942 Participated in the Raid on the Gilbert and Marshall Islands Aboard USS Enterprise.
February 24th, 1942 Participated in the Attack on Japanese Occupation Forces, Wake Island, Aboard USS Enterprise
March 4th, 1942, Participated in the Raid of Japanese Base on Marcus Island, 900 Miles off the Coast of Japan. Aboard USS Enterprise
April 18th, 1942 Participated in the Haisey-DoolttIe Raid on Tokyo, Aboard USS Enterprise
June 2nd-6th, 1942 Participated in the Battle of Midway, Aboard USS Enterprise
August 7,1942, Participated in the Landings at Guadalcanal, Aboard USS Enterprise
August 8th & 9th, 1942 Battle of Save Island, Aboard USS Enterprise
August 23rd -25th 1942. Battle of Eastern Solomons, Aboard USS Enterprise
October 26th-27th, 1942 Battle of Santa Cruz Islands, Aboard USS Enterprise
1943 Salvage and Restoration of the USS West Virginia at Pearl Harbor
November 20th-25th Amphibious Landings at Tarawa, USS Leonis, AK128
January 31st-February 23rd 1944. Amphibious actions at Kwajalein and Eniwetok Atolls, Aboard USS Leonis, AK128
June 15th-20th 1944, Amphibious actions at Saipan. Aboard USS Leonis AK 128
September 15th-20th , 1944 Amphibious Actions at Peleiu and Angaur Aboard USS Leonis, AK 128
December 1st, 1944 - March 10th 1945 Amphibious Actions during the Recapture of the Philippine Islands, Aboard USS Leonis, AK 128
June 1945 to Wars End In Staging Area as Nucleus of the Invasion Force preparing to Land Troops on the Japanese Mainland. USS Leonis AK 128

May 1946 to November 1948 Occupation Forces of Europe aboard the Cruisers USS Wilkes-Barre, USS Dayton and Destroyer USS Glennon.
1949 - To Start of Korean War Served in the Attack Transport Thomas Jefferson, APA 30

Served aboard the Aircraft Carrier Bon Homme Richard CVA-31 and the Heavy Cruisers USS Helena CA 75 and USS Los Angeles CA 135

1954-1958 Served with the forces Defending the Island of Formosa and she Off Shore Islands of Matsu and Quemoy.
1958-1960, On the Staff of Commander, Cruisers-Destroyers, Pacific Fleet, Instructor of Marine Engineering at Destroyer Engineering Officers School
1960-1961, Support Forces Operating in Support of LAOS, Aircraft Carrier USS Bennington CVA-20
1961-1964 Chief Engineer, Amphibious Forces Flagship, USS Estes AGC 12
1964-1966 Ships' Superintendent, Long Beach, California

1966-1969 In Destroyer Tender USS Bryce Canyon, AD 36 Maintaining and Servicing Destroyers in Vietnamese Waters.
1969-December 1970 Assistant Repair Superintendent, Long Beach Naval Shipyard. December 1, 1970 Retired from U.S. Navy.
Other Comments:
Per the National Cemetery Administration......
  DATE OF BIRTH: 12/17/1917
  DATE OF DEATH: 10/05/2006
  (951) 653-8417

Navy Good Conduct Medal (7 Awards), Presidential Unit Citation (2 Awards), Navy Unit Citation (2 Awards), Navy Commendation Medal (2 Awards), Navy Achievement Medal (2 Awards), China Service Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Navy Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal (16 Battle Stars), European Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal Korea and Vietnam, Korean Service Medal (3 Battle Stars), Vietnam Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal (3 Battle Stars), Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea, Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation.
"Gardena Valley News, December 11, 1941"

"Gardena's foremost naval family comprising of a father and four sons face the possibility today that the father and two of the sons may have lost their lives or been seriously injured on the Hawaiian Islands Sunday. The father, Sam Kronberger and two of the sons were stationed on the USS West Virginia reported sunk by the Japanese in Pearl Harbor. The two sons on the same ship were Edward and Robert Kronberger. Up to a late hour last night no word had been received by Mrs. Sam Kronberger or their daughter Dorothy concerning the fate of the three..."

It would be another two to three weeks before the stateside Kronbergers would find out that Sam, Robert & Edward did survive the events of Dec. 7. Nearly six decades later, Robert and Edward recall the surprise attack with such accuracy that Robert was consulted by Disney Studios as the script was prepared for the big budget movie "Pearl Harbor," which opens Memorial Day weekend (2001). Along with their father, Robert and Edward helped found the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association (PHSA) in 1958.
NTWS Kronberger Family Profiles

Sam Kronberger: WO2:

Edward Kronberger, BM1:

Robert Kronberger, CDR:

Richard Kronberger, LtCdr:

William Kronberger, BTC:
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1935, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US NavyFormal Schools and Training CoursesUSS West Virginia (BB-48)USS Enterprise (CV-6)
USS Glennon (DD-840)USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)USS Bennington (CVA-20)USS Estes (AGC-12)
Long Beach Navy Yard, CAUSS Bryce Canyon (AD-36)Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard
  1935-1935, Recruit Training Center (RTC) (Faculty Staff)
  1936-1936, Water Tenders School
  1938-1939, WT-0000, USS Salt Lake City (CA-25)
  1940-1941, WT-0000, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1942-1942, WT-0000, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1943-1943, WT-0000, USS West Virginia (BB-48)
  1946-1946, BT-0000, USS Wilkes Barre (CL-103)
  1947-1947, BT-0000, USS Dayton (CL-105)
  1948-1948, BT-0000, USS Glennon (DD-840)
  1949-1951, BT-0000, USS Thomas Jefferson (APA-30)
  1951-1954, BT-0000, USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31)
  1958-1960, BT-0000, Diesel Engineering Officers School
  1960-1961, BT-0000, USS Bennington (CVA-20)
  1961-1962, BT-0000, USS Estes (AGC-12)
  1963-1964, USS Estes (AGC-12)
  1964-1966, BT-0000, Long Beach Navy Yard, CA
  1966-1969, USS Bryce Canyon (AD-36)
  1969-1970, Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1937-1937 Sinking of the USS Panay (PR-5)
  1941-1941 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Attack on Pearl Harbor
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Robert, his brother Edward and his father Sam: Pearl Harbor Survivors
  Robert Kronberger2
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