Beck, Robert Augustus, BMC

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
BM-0107-Minesweeping Boatswain's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Boatswain's Mate
Primary Unit
1950-1950, BM-0000, USS MAGPIE (AMS-25)
Service Years
1939 - 1950
BM-Boatswain's Mate
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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1913
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Butler, PA
Last Address
Richmond, CA

Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1950
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Lost At Sea-Unrecovered
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Korean War FallenThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  2013, Korean War Fallen
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Muster Reports for Robert show he joined the service Oct 10, 1939 in San Fransico CA, and went to San Diego. He must have been a merchant marine already because by the 19th of Oct he was sent from a Receiving Ship in San Diego to catch a ride on the USS Oklahoma to Bremerton WA, to be on the Pre- recommission Crew of the USS Patoka

He then in June of 1940 Transfered to the USS
 Cormorant AM-40 from 1940- August 1944. This ship worked in the (Alantice Theater) Carribean to East Coast, to England and Part of the vessels duties was on 7 June 1944 for the newly invaded Normandy coast, and served as towing and salvage ship there, expediting the landing of the great number of men and supplies to support forces ashore, until 23 July.

Robert transfer to the USS Density in the Pacific Theater of operatoin in August of 1944. the Desnisty was A newly built commissioned ship. Density arrived at San Diego, California, 23 September 1944 to serve as a training ship for the Small Craft Training Center at Terminal Island, until 2 February 1945, when she sailed for Pearl Harbor and Ulithi. Density sortied from Ulithi 19 March 1945 to sweep mines preparatory to the invasion of Okinawa on 1 April. Patrolling off Okinawa for its capture and occupation, Density fired on the enemy in several suicide attacks. On 6 April she splashed several of the kamikaze force which struck the Fleet, then assisted USS Rodman (DMS-21), picking up 16 of her survivors and towing her to Kerama Retto. On the 22nd she splashed an enemy attacker which cleared her bridge by only 10 feet (3 m), then rescued three survivors from stricken USS Isherwood (DD-520) before resuming her patrol. Five days later she recovered the body of an enemy officer from a plane she had downed and thus obtained valuable intelligence material including a secret code book and photographs. While sweeping mines she sank an enemy suicide boat off Naha on 4 May.  Density sailed from Okinawa 4 July to join a group of minesweepers supporting the 3rd Fleet strikes against the Japanese homeland. From 9 August to 28 August she was in San Pedro Bay, Leyte, for brief overhaul, and on 8 September put out from Okinawa to sweep mines in Japanese waters. She remained in the Far East on occupation duty until 20 November when she sailed for the U.S. West Coast, arriving at San Diego, California, 19 December 1945. Robert TRransfer for reassignement in November in Japan back to the US. It looks like he got to California for Christmas before being reassigned.

January 22, 1946 he reported onboard the 
USS Genesee (AOG-8)  and was there till August 27, 1946. He was then transferred to the USS Jicarilla . Jicarilla spent the summer of 1946 in the Marshall Islands in support of Operation Crossroads, the historymaking atomic test series in the Pacific. Returning to the United States 14 September, she performed towing duties on the West Coast and at the Canal Zone until 23 January 1947, when she sailed again for the Far East from Bremerton, Wash. 

March 14 1947, Robert transferred to USS LSM-253 till June 17. 1947 when the the vessel was decommissioned. Muster reports show he was transferred to Commadant 12th District in San Fransico. After this date Robert is does not show up muster reports till his death in 1950 on the USS Magpie.  Magpie was operating out of Apra Harbor, Guam, at the outset of the Korean War. With hostilities in full swing, Magpie began minesweeping duty off Korea in September. On 1 October, while operating off the east coast of Korea with sister ship Merganser, Magpie struck a floating mine 2 miles off Chusan Po, and sank. Twenty one of her crew, including the commanding officer, Lt. (jg.) Warren R. Person, were never found. Merganser picked up the 12 survivors and transported them to Pusan.

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 Duty Stations
US NavyUSS Genesee (AOG-8)
  1939-1940, BM-0000, USS Patoka (AO-9)
  1940-1944, BM-0107, USS Cormorant (AM-40)
  1944-1945, BM-0107, USS Density (AM-218)
  1946-1946, BM-0107, USS Genesee (AOG-8)
  1946-1947, BM-0107, USS Jicarilla (ATF-104)
  1950-1950, BM-0000, USS MAGPIE (AMS-25)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1950-1950 Korean War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Service Number
  Oct 10, 1939, Place of Enlistment
  Oct 10, 1939, Service Dates
  Oct 01, 2013, General Photos2
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