Smith, Robert Holmes, CAPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary NEC
112X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Submarine Warfare
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1943-1943, 112X, COMSUBGRU 2/COMSUBRON 2
Service Years
1919 - 1943
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Order of the Golden Dragon
Neptune Subpoena
Panama Canal
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Captain
Captain

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
1898
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Harrellsville
Last Address
Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Date of Passing
Jan 21, 1943
 
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback Order of the Golden Dragon


 Military Association Memberships
United States Naval Academy Alumni AssociationMilitary Order of Foreign Wars of the United StatesSubmarine Veterans of WW IIMilitary Order of the World Wars (MOWW)
  1919, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1941, Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1943, Submarine Veterans of WW II
  1945, Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW)


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

                  USS Sperry USS Proteus USS Dixon SanDiego 1985.jpeg

USS Sperry (AS-12) was a Fulton-class submarine tender in the United States Navy. She was named for Elmer Sperry.


Sperry
was laid down on 1 February 1941 at the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, California; launched on 17 December 1941, just 10 days after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; sponsored by Mrs. Helen Sperry Lea, daughter of Elmer Ambrose Sperry; and commissioned on 1 May 1942, Captain Robert H. Smith in command.

Born in Harrellsville, North Carolina, CAPT Smith graduated from the Naval Academy on 6 June 1919. After duty in various surface ships, he served with the Submarine Service for 17 years. He commanded USS Bonita (SS-165), was an instructor at the New London submarine school, a member of the Naval Academy staff, Submarine Gunnery Officer with the Bureau of Navigation, Navigation Officer in USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), and Chief of Staff for Submarine Division, Atlantic Patrol Force. Following promotion to captain, he commanded USS Sperry (AS-12) in the Pacific from May 1942 to January 1943.


He was Commander of Submarine Squadron 2, Pacific Submarine Force, when he died in the crash of the Philippine Clipper flying boat in Northern California on 21 January 1943.
 

   
Other Comments:


Legion of MeritBronze Star

Rank/Rate Captain
Service Number 0-055994
Birth Date August 8, 1898
From Rocky Mount, North Carolina
Decorations Legion of Merit, Bronze Star
Command COMSUBRON 2
Loss Date January 21, 1943
Location Near Booneville, California, north of San Francisco
Circumstances Killed in the crash of the Philippine Clipper
Remarks Robert was born in Harrellsville, North Carolina.
He had just been relieved of command of USS Sperry.



 

   
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