Schwyhart, Robert Marion, CAPT

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Chaplain Christian
Last Primary NEC
410X-Chaplain Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Staff Corps Officer
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 410X, 12th Naval District
Service Years
1937 - 1968
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Home Town
Lincoln Township, IA
Last Address
Tempe, AZ

Date of Passing
Sep 25, 2001
Location of Interment
Lincoln Township Cemetery - Dolliver, Iowa
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

As with many chaplains, when he was young Robert Schwyhart wasn't sure if he would go into the ministry even though he spent much of his time at the church and participating in church activities. It's apparent that he did and he served many years in various churches before joining the Navy.

Besides the many men and women who appreciated the work he did during his career, two significant events stand out. The first is his service aboard the USS Vincennes, which he was on at the time it was attacked by the Japanese. The first strike was from the enemy shells. He was highly involved in various taks, especially the care for the wounded. The second strike was from a Japanese torpedo which damaged the ship enough to cause it to sink. Lieutenant Schwyhart was one of the survivors. The break shown in his duty stations in this profile reflect the time was granted for "survivor's leave".

The other highly noted service in his career is the time he spent in Korea with the 1st Marine Division.

Although these two events stand out, he was highly praised and commended for his work throughout his career. He also gained a lot of recognition from civilian organtions during his civilian career as a Baptist minister.
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Bronze Star
United States Marine Corps
Headquarters, 1st MArine Division, San Francisco, Calfornia

For meritorious achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving as First Marine Division Chaplain, in Korea, during the period 15 September to 2 November 1950. Discharging his responsibilities with great skill and industriousness, Commander Schwyhart contributed immeasurably to the spiritual comfort and morale of the officers and men of the First Marine Division. Displaying a high degree of courage, professional skill and devotion to duty, he on numerous occasions traveled with the front line units, and while subjected to enemy fire adminstering solace and spiritual comfort to the wounded and dying Marines. Commander Schwyhart's display of initiative, excellent judgment and executive ability materially contributed to the spiritual welfare of the Division. He mst effectively supervised and coordinated the assignment, training and work of the chaplains in subordinate units. His advice to the Commanding General in religious and moral actvities of the command was of immeasurable assistance to the success of the Division. Commander Schwyhart's initiative and courageous actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Commander Schwyhart is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

Oliver P North
Major General, US Marine Corps

Navy Commendation Medal
For meritorious service from June 1965 to June 1968 in various positions of responsibility in the Chaplain Corps. As Officer in Charge, Chaplains Indoctrination School, Naval Schools Command, Newport, Rhode Island, from June to September 1965, Captain Schwyhart was responsible for the eminently successful revision of the orientation curriculum. Serving as Assistant to the Chief of Chaplains for Plans, on the Staff of the Cheif of Chaplains, from September 1965 to June 1967, Captain Schwyhart, in response to the communications of the Chaplain Corps in the Vietnamese conflict, contributed substantially to the establishment of one of the most comprehensive religious ministries to shore-based combat personnel in the history of naval warfare. He was a key figure in formaulating plans and conducting research which resulted in the widely renowned Navy-Marine Corps Personal Response Program designed to promote cross-cultural communication and understanding in Southeast Asia. From June 1967 to June 1968, Captain Schwyhart served as District Chaplain, Twelfth Naval District Staff Headquarters. His tour of duty was marked by an outstanding series of orientation conferences and tours for civilian clergy of the San Francisco Bay area and seminary students, in addition to large numbers of Navy Chaplains. These conferences and tours have greatly enhanced the civilian community's awareness of the role of the Navy Chaplain. Captain Schwyhart's inspiring leadership, distinctive accomplishment's, and sincere dedication to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

T.H. Moore
Admiral, United States Chief of Naval Operations

Alexander D Goode Award (Four Chaplains Award)
Chaplain Robert M Schwyhart, Division Chaplain, First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific has been selected by a committee of Chaplains, appointed by the Chief of Navy Chaplains, to receive the Alexander Goode Award. The committee has chosen Chaplain Schwyhart as the Navy Chaplain who best exemplified in his chaplainacy the spirit which motivated the four immortal chaplans who gave their lives on the ill-fated USS Dorchester.

CDR Robert M. Schwyhart, ChC, U.S. Navy has expressed his firm faith in God by exemplfying to his me whom he served, the First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, great steadfastness in the face of adversity; notable courage when circumstances tended to promote fear and discouragement; a broad charity which manifested itself in service to all his men regardless of their creed, rank, or promotion; the spirit of sacrifice which caused him to give of his strength with compassion and to suffer hardship and danger with equanimity; and faithfulness in his stweardship of the things of God which was consistant with that of the four chaplains in whose memory this award is presented.
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 Duty Stations
Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)US NavyNAVBASE Guantanamo BaySchool Assignments - Staff
NAVBASE GuamCommander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific FleetNAS Alameda1st Marine Division
NAS PensacolaNAS PensacolaNTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILLNaval Chaplaincy School and Center (Staff)
  1937-1937, 410X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1938-1939, 410X, USS Wyoming (AG-17)
  1939-1941, 410X, NAVBASE Guantanamo Bay
  1941-1942, 410X, USS Vincennes (CA-44)
  1942-1944, 410X, Naval Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API), NAS Pensacola, FL
  1944-1945, 410X, NAVBASE Guam
  1945-1945, 410X, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force 8, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1945-1946, 410X, US Naval Personnel Separation Center, NTS Great Lakes, ILL
  1946-1949, 410X, NAS Alameda
  1949-1951, 410X, 1st Marine Division
  1951-1953, 410X, NAS Pensacola
  1953-1955, 410X, NAS Pensacola
  1955-1957, 410X, Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet
  1957-1961, 410X, Administrative Command, NTC Great Lakes
  1961-1964, 410X, 12th Naval District
  1964-1965, 410X, Naval Chaplaincy School and Center (Staff)
  1965-1967, 410X, Bureau of Naval Personnel (BUPERS)
  1967-1968, 410X, 12th Naval District
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Battle of Midway
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal-Tulagi landings/Battle of Savo Island
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Inchon Landing/Operation Chromite
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Operation Wonson
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
 Colleges Attended 
Des Moines University
  1926-1928, Grundy College
  1928-1929, Des Moines University
  1929-1930, Northern Iowa University
  1930-1933, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 09, 1934, Ordained as a Baptist minister
  Jul 21, 1935, Married Elizabeth Neyman
  Sep 24, 1937, Commissioned in the Navy at the Rank of Lieutenant (jg)
  Aug 01, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant
  Mar 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Feb 01, 1944, Promoted to Commander
  May 01, 1951, Former Pastor Here Cited for Navy Chaplain Record1
  May 01, 1953, Promoted to Captain
  Feb 26, 1965, Chaplain of the Year Named1
  Sep 10, 2017, Civilian pastorates
  Sep 10, 2017, Other awards and recognitions1
  Sep 10, 2017, General Photos1
 Military Association Memberships
United States Navy Memorial
  2017, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
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