GILLETTE, Robert, CAPT

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1963-1964, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
Service Years
1939 - 1969
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Home State
Maryland
Maryland
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Chevy Chase, MD
Last Address
Arlington National Cemetery.

Date of Passing
Feb 17, 2010
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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US Navy Retired 30


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US Navy Honorable Discharge


 Military Association Memberships
Naval Submarine League
  1969, Naval Submarine League1


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Captain Robert Charles Gillette, USN (Ret.)

GILLETTE ROBERT C. GILLETTE, Captain U.S. Navy (Ret.) Robert Charles "Bing" Gillette, 93, a retired Navy Captain and submariner, died February 17, 2010, at his home in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He served at bases in Coronado, CA, New London, CT and Charleston, S.C. After he retired in 1969, he settled in the Washington area with beloved wife of 62 years, Margalee Corcoran.

Capt. Gillette was a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. He was renowned both for his exceptional basketball skills -- he is still remembered for his hard-court magic and as the "best story teller on both sides of the Mississippi." He attended Submarine School in New London CT. During World War II, he served as Navigator and Executive Officer of the USS Lapon (SS-260) for eight war patrols, for which the Lapon received the Navy Unit Citation for sinking or damaging over 100,000 tons of Japanese shipping. Capt. Gillette received two Silver Stars for his part in that outstanding record. He then became Commanding Officer of the USS Blackfish (SS-221). While CO, the Blackfish was responsible for the rescue of eight downed aviators during one of their patrols, for which he received a Letter of Commendation. Upon his retirement in 1969, he received the Legion of Merit for his 30 years of naval service.

After the war, he served in numerous command assignments including the USS Pomodon (SS-486), USS Fulton (AS-11), and USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16). He attended the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

From 1969 to1973, he was employed by General Dynamics. He was then selected to serve as Director of Field Operations for the Emergency Energy Allocations Program, the precursor to the Department of Energy and continued with the Department until 1981 after it was elevated to a Cabinet-level agency. At the request of the Navy, Captain Gillette served as the Executive Director of the Naval Undersea Museum Foundation at Keyport, WA, raising over $11 million and overseeing its construction until its opening in 1991. He supported this effort until his death.

Interment: Arlington National Cemetery.
   
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Awards and Citations

  1. Silver Star

    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 Charles Gillette, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving on board the U.S.S. LAPON (SS-260) as Assistant Approach Officer, Executive Officer and Navigator during the THIRD War Patrol of that Submarine from 22 January to 1 April 1944. Throughout this patrol his submarine operated in enemy controlled waters, often in close proximity to strong and numerous enemy military and naval forces. His submarine was attacked by enemy forces with aerial bombs, depth charges, and shell fire. The exceptionally distinguished and meritorious manner in which he assisted in the control of the torpedo fire in the attacks delivered and the invaluable calm and inspiring supervision he exercised under the trying conditions of enemy attack contributed largely to the heavy damage inflicted to the enemy and the safe return of this vessel to port, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.


    General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 01737 (July 2, 1944)
    Action Date: January 22 - April 1, 1944
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Company: Assistant Approach Officer
    Division: U.S.S. Lapon (SS-260)

     
  2. Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the World War II

    The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Lieutenant Robert Charles Gillette, United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity in action as Assistant Approach Officer of the U.S.S. LAPON (SS-260), during the SIXTH War Patrol of that Submarine in enemy controlled waters from 4 September 1944 to 31 October 1944. While so serving his submarine successfully attacked Japanese shipping with a credited total of 25,600 tons sunk and 9,800 damaged, winning the commendation of the Commander SEVENTH Fleet and the award of the Navy Cross for his Commanding Officer. His vessel was constantly in contact with the enemy sea and air forces. His cool, courageous and efficient execution of his duties during attacks and strong counterattacks by the enemy, contributed largely to the heavy damage inflicted and to the safe return of his vessel to port. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men of his ship, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

    General Orders: Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 0726 (February 15, 1945)
    Action Date: September 4 - October 31, 1944
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Company: Assistant Approach Officer
    Division: U.S.S. Lapon (SS-260)

   
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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavySubmarine School Officers BasicSubmarine School (diesel)
USS Scorpion (SS-278)USS Lapon (SS-260)USS Blackfish (SS-221)USS Pomodon (SS-486)
USS Fulton (AS-11)Office of Naval Research (ONR)USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)
Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
  1935-1939, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1939-1940, Naval Sea Units
  1940-1941, Submarine School Officers Basic
  1941-1941, Submarine School (diesel)
  1942-1942, Submarines
  1942-1942, USS Scorpion (SS-278)
  1943-1945, USS Lapon (SS-260)
  1945-1945, USS Blackfish (SS-221)
  1946-1948, USS Pomodon (SS-486)
  1955-1957, USS Fulton (AS-11)
  1958-1959, Office of Naval Research (ONR)
  1960-1961, USS Howard W. Gilmore (AS-16)
  1962-1963, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Faculty Staff)
  1963-1964, Joint Forces Staff College/Armed Forces Staff College (Faculty Staff)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  1943-1943 USS LAPON (SS-260) 2nd War Patrol
  1943-1945 Submarine War Patrols
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1935-1939, United States Naval Academy
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