Stroh, Robert Joseph, VADM

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Last Rank
Vice Admiral
Last Primary NEC
111X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Surface Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1956-1956, 111X, USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
Service Years
1930 - 1969
Vice Admiral
Vice Admiral

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York City
Last Address
Jacksonville, Florida

Date of Passing
May 29, 2003
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Burial location unknown

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Naval Aviator Number 3888, 25 January 1932
Grey Eagle Award, 1 August 1968 – 28 November 1969

Combat experience in Gilberts, Marshalls, Marianas.

SARATOGA'S first Commanding Officer was, appropriately enough, a native New Yorker. Born in New York City, Captain Stroh attended Evander Childs High School prior to entering the U. S. Naval Academy in 1926. 

Graduating from Annapolis with the Class of '30, he was assigned to the USS ARKANSAS. He reported shortly afterwards to NAS, Pensacola for flight training and was awarded the wings of a Naval aviator on 25 January 1932. 

After a brief tour of duty at Hampton Roads, Va., he saw sguadron duty aboard the USS PENSACOLA and the USS RANGER. Then he reported to Pearl Harbor where he was stationed until 1937. During this time he served with Scouting Squadron SIX-S, Bombing Squadron THREE-B, and Patrol Squadrons SIX-F and EIGHT-F. 

Upon his return to the States, he was based on the carriers ENTERPRISE and YORKTOWN as a member of Bombing Squadrons EIGHT and SIX. 

On the outbreak of World War II, Captain Stroh was attached to the American Embassy in London as a special U. S. Naval Observer. He returned in 1942 to take command of the Photographic Interpretation School, Anacostia, and later served with Fleet Air Photo Squadron ONE. 

In 1943, he became CO of Photographic Squadron THREE. The squadron accomplished the major portion of the photographic reconnaissance over the Gilbert, Marshall and Mariannas Islands, and was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for its work. Captain Stroh personally received the Air Medal, two Gold Stars, and the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in the campaigns. 

During the last year of the war, he served with ComAirPac as head of the Plans Division under Adm. John H. Towers, and was awarded the Legion of Merit for "exceptionally meritorious conduct" in that capacity. 

His assignments after the war were as Executive Officer of the carrier HORNET; in the Office of CNO; as a student at the Air War College, Maxwell AFB; as Commander, Tactical Air Group TWO under Commander, Amphibious Forces, Atlantic. 

In 1950, he became Commanding Officer of the USS VALCOUR (AVP-55) and in 1951, he reported to CinCLantFlt for duty in connection with the establishment of the Supreme Allied Command. He served on the staff of this command until August of 1953 when he reported as a student at the National War College in Washington, D. C. 

Captain Stroh returned to the Navy Department to serve as Assistant for JCS and NATO matters in the office of the DCNO (Air), where he remained until July 27, 1955, when he received orders as Prospective Commanding Officer of CVA-60. He reported aboard as CO on 14 April 1956 when the carrier was commissioned. 

After the long and difficult job of testing and shakedown, followed by fleet exercises in the Atlantic, Captain Stroh was ordered to report to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and was relieved of command of SARATOGA on 1 December 1956.

Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1958, and Vice Admiral in 1963; he served as Deputy Director, Strategic Target Planning at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska until 1967, when he reverted to the rank of Rear Admiral. Vice Admiral Stroh's last tour of duty was COMFAIR Jacksonville, where he was retired in 1969.

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 Duty Stations
US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)USS Arkansas (BB-33)NAS PensacolaUS Navy
USS Ranger (CV-4)Naval Station (NAVSTA), Pearl Harbor, HIUSS Enterprise (CV-6)USS Yorktown (CV-5)
Naval Support Unit (NSU)/State Department, Washington, DCSchool Assignments - StaffVQ-1 World WatchersAir Antisubmarine Wing 1 (COMAIRASWING 1)
USS Hornet (CV-12)USAF Air War CollegeUSS Saratoga (CVA-60)
  1926-1930, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1930-1931, 116X, USS Arkansas (BB-33)
  1931-1932, 137X, NAS Pensacola
  1932-1933, 139X, NAS Hampton Roads
  1933-1935, 139X, USS Pensacola (CA-24)
  1935-1936, 131X, USS Ranger (CV-4)
  1936-1937, 131X, Naval Station (NAVSTA), Pearl Harbor, HI
  1938-1939, 131X, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1940-1941, 131X, USS Yorktown (CV-5)
  1941-1942, 131X, United States Embassy/London, England
  1942-1943, 113X, Photographic Interpretations School
  1943-1944, 131X, VQ-1 World Watchers
  1944-1945, 113X, Air Antisubmarine Wing 1 (COMAIRASWING 1)
  1944-1945, 113X, Air Antisubmarine Wing 1 (COMAIRASWING 1)
  1946-1947, 111X, USS Hornet (CV-12)
  1948-1948, 118X, USAF Air War College
  1956-1956, 111X, USS Saratoga (CVA-60)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Naval Academy
  1926-1930, United States Naval Academy
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