Baber, Robert Marion, S1c

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Last Rank
Seaman First Class
Last Primary NEC
S1c-0000-Seaman 1st Class
Last Rating/NEC Group
Seaman First Class
Primary Unit
1943-1945, S1c-0000, USS Bryant (DD-665)
Service Years
1943 - 1945
Seaman First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Botetourt County, VA
Last Address
803 10th St
Radford, VA

Casualty Date
Apr 16, 1945
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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Last Known Activity

On 1 April 1944, USS Bryant (DD-665) started two weeks of radar picket duty. Her relatively quiet patrols contrasted with the grim experiences of destroyers on station elsewhere. On 16 April, however, her luck changed. That morning, the Japanese launched a 165-plane kamikaze mission, the third of 10 kikusui or "floating chrysanthemum" attacks launched during the Okinawa campaign. Laffey suffered the first and most intense attack of the day, being struck by no less than six kamikazes, four bombs, and numerous near misses. Bryant received word that Laffey required assistance and rushed to aid her. After turning back sporadic attacks, she found herself the target of a coordinated attack by six enemy planes. First, three "Zeke" fighters closed the warship in a shallow glide. Her port batteries dispatched one, and the CAP splashed another; but the third attacker, though hit repeatedly and trailing smoke, made it through and crashed into Bryant just below the bridge near the main radio room. A bomb from the kamikaze then exploded, engulfing the entire bridge in flames and doing major damage to communication, fire-control and radar equipment. Damage control teams, standing by to assist Laffey, extinguished the major fires within a couple of minutes and soon the wounded destroyer was making 23 knots (43 km/h). Still, despite the prompt response, the attack exacted a heavy toll. Of her crew, 34 men died and 33 were wounded.
S1c Baber was among those killed. He was buried at sea.

Service number: 8358740

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Recruit Training (Norfolk, VA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
NAVSTA Norfolk, VAUS Navy
  1943-1943, S2c-0000, NAVSTA Norfolk, VA
  1943-1945, S1c-0000, USS Bryant (DD-665)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Marshall Islands Operation (1944)/Battle of Eniwetok Atoll (Operation Catchpole)
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Saipan
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle for Ulithi Atoll
  1944-1944 Western Caroline Islands Operation/Battle of Peleliu
  1944-1944 Leyte Campaign (1944)/Battle of Surigao Strait
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Invasion of Lingayen Gulf
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Iwo Jima Operation
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jewish Serviceman Card1
  Jan 12, 1943, WWII draft card
  May 01, 1944, Promoted to S1c
  Jan 24, 2019, General Photos1
 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Gold Star Family RegistryWWII Memorial National RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial World War II Fallen
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, WWII Memorial National Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2019, World War II Fallen
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