Suggett, Robert, Jr., S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman 1st Class
Last Primary NEC
GMG-0000-Gunner's Mate Guns
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate G (Guns)
Primary Unit
1945-1945, GMG-0000, Armed Guard Chapter Brooklyn
Service Years
1940 - 1945
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cannon Cockers Card
Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose)
Order of the Rock
Order of the Golden Dragon
Panama Canal
Realm of the Czars
GMG-Gunner's Mate G (Guns)
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Seaman 1st Class

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fredonia NY. Born and schooled in Dunkirk NY
Last Address
He moved to Lakeland, FL in 1958.

Date of Passing
Sep 22, 2008
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Versailles, New York

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin Navy Aerial Gunner (WWII) WWII Armed Guard

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Arctic Circle (Bluenose) Order of the Golden Dragon Blue Star

 Military Association Memberships
Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil WarPost 3Post 1017, John T. Murray PostChapter 142
Post 329
  1944, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War - Assoc. Page
  1945, American Veterans (AMVETS), Post 3 (Service Officer) (Albion, New York) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  1945, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 1017, John T. Murray Post (Member) (Dunkirk, New York) - Chap. Page
  1945, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 142 (Member) (Dunkirk, New York) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  1958, American Legion, Post 329 (Deceased Member (Honor Roll)) (Lessburg, Florida) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Last Known Activity


Mr. Suggett was a Gunners Mate 1/C and served on twenty-one Atlantic patrols and nine merchantmen ships in Armed Guard duty. Five of those ships were sunk by submarines and mines. He was once blown off a ship and into the sea off Dakar. He was awarded the Silver and Bronze Stars for rescuing two shipmates and assisting the ship's doctor in amputating arms and legs of his comrades under direction of the wounded doctor. He received the Purple Heart with two Encores. In addition to Armed Guard Sea Service he served as a PBY seaplane gunner, and after being shot down at the Strait of Messina he was captured by the German Army. He spent eight months in a German prison before being rescued by the Italian Resistance. Bob's other awards include a Letter of Commendation from the Navy, the V.F.W. Medal with Maltese Cross; an award from the Russians; and a Certificate of Appreciation from the French Government. In 1992, Suggett received a letter from then-Russian President Boris Yeltsin through his secretary, Vladamir Putin, thanking him for his work with the Armed Guard of the Navy and its protection of convoys that kept Russia in the war. 

After being rescued by the Italian Resistance and sent to the States to recover, he returned to active duty, a
gainst orders, and was forced by the Navy Medical Board to take a medical/honorable discharge. Due to his wounds, Bob was discharged in March 1945. 

Mr. Suggett was one of three Navy veterans in the State of New York to receive a 'Battle Wagon' discharge during WWII, and was awarded the New York Conspicuous Service Award.

He was a member, and Past Commander, of the American Legion Post 329; a life member of the 
Veterans of Foreign Wars and the DAV, as a 100% disabled Veteran. 
Other Comments:
Mr. Suggett was born: JUNIOR SUGGETT, however, when Junior enlisted in the Navy they would not let him in with the name Junior, they said it wasn't a first name, so, at age 16, Junior used his father's name and became Robert George SUGGETT (Jr.). But, when the Navy discovered he had lied about his age, his punishment was that his first year of active duty (Feb.'40-Feb.'41) did not count on his service records. 

Military Code: PQ17 (Russian/Arctic Convoy). During his service he made trips to Murmansk, Russia. They say, if you made one trip you were lucky to survive, he made three of those trips. Armed Guard veterans who served on ships that participated in operations bringing war supplies to the Soviet Union, including but not limited to "the Murmansk run," are be eligible for a commemorative medal awarded by Russia. 

On D-Day, he was with a small group smuggeling arms to the French Resistance just north of the Allied Landing at Normandy. (see article from The Ledger, April, 2001)
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 Duty Stations
US NavyCommander Navy Reserve Forces Command (COMNAVRESFORCOM)USS Sylph (PY-12)Advancement Schools and Courses
USN Armed GuardPrisoner of War
  1940-1940, SR-0000, RTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Newport, RI
  1940-1940, NMCRC Brooklyn NY
  1940-1941, USS Sylph (PY-12)
  1941-1941, Fishers Island
  1941-1941, Brooklyn Navy Yard
  1941-1941, Armed Guard Gunnery School
  1941-1942, GMG-0000, USS Sims (DD-409)
  1942-1942, GMG-0000, USS Kent (AP-28)
  1942-1943, GMG-0000, USN Armed Guard Vessels
  1943-1944, GMG-0000, Prisoner of War/Germany
  1944-1944, Medical Leave
  1944-1945, GMG-0000, USN Armed Guard Vessels
  1945-1945, GMG-0000, Armed Guard Chapter Brooklyn
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1943 World War II
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Convoy Duty / East Bound Atlantic Transit1
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Records lost, declared Missing in Action
  Jun 27, 1942, Convoy PQ 171
  Jun 10, 1943, U.S. Navy Armed Guard Killed and Wounded on U.S. (DATE WOUNDED)
  Feb 09, 1987, Newspaper article, 1987: Gunners Mate Robert Suggett2
  Apr 13, 2001, Newspaper account: HONORED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT.1
  Sep 22, 2008, GMG/1c ROBERT 4
  Jul 02, 2014, General Photos3
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