Keehan, Robert James, ENC

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
EN-3300-Engineman (Submarine)
Last Rating/NEC Group
Engineman
Primary Unit
1955-1958, EN-3300, USS Segundo (SS-398)
Service Years
1941 - 1961
Official/Unofficial US Navy Certificates
Cold War
Order of the Shellback
Order of the Golden Dragon
Plank Owner
EN-Engineman
Five Hash Marks

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Home State
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Year of Birth
1923
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Milwaukee
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Sep 08, 2012
 
Location of Interment
Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery - San Diego, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 20


 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Cold War Medal Order of the Golden Dragon




 Military Association Memberships
San Diego ChapterUnited States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI)
  1961, Submarine Veterans of WW II, San Diego Chapter (San Diego, California)
  2009, United States Submarine Veterans, Inc. (USSVI) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


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Last Known Activity
KEEHAN, ROBERT JAMES Bob was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 25, 1923, to the late James Keehan and Agnes (Reedy) Keehan and passed away peacefully, September 8, 2012, at the age of 89 years in Escondido, California. In 1940 he left his beloved boyhood state and joined the United States Navy where he became a sailor in the submarine fleet. When World War II broke out, December 7, 1941, he was on the USS Sturgeon in Manila Harbor in the Philippine Islands. The USS Sturgeon was immediately dispatched on a war patrol to the area of Formosa. During the next three years the Sturgeon, operating out of Brisbane, Australia, played an important role in the history of the war in the Pacific Ocean where it ran eight war patrols and destroyed many Japanese ships. Late in 1944 he was reassigned to a new submarine, the USS Lizardfish, and served on two more war patrols. At the conclusion of World War II Bob remained in Hawaii where he distinguished himself as the star pitcher for the U.S. Navy's inter-service baseball team. Bob remained in the U.S. Navy until 1963 and retired as Chief Petty Officer engineering. Bob always expressed a deep respect for the commanding officers under which he served and his shipmates who prayed together as their submarine was being depth charged after an attack on enemy ships. Bob is survived by his sister Patricia Maultra and her husband Bud of EI Cajon, California and his many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jean Seder of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and his beloved wife Julie Frodsham from Parker, Arizona. Bob and Julie lived in Escondido, traveled widely and had many close friends. He and Julie organized many reunions for his retired submarine shipmates. Services will be held at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, October 24, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Wounded Warrior Project.
   
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USS Sturgeon (SS-187)/USS STURGEON (SS-187) 1st War Patrol
Start Year
1941
End Year
1941

Description
She is ordered to patrol between the Pescadores Islands and Formosa.
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1941
To Year
1941
 
Last Updated:
Sep 23, 2012
   
Personal Memories

Memories
Sturgeon was moored in Mariveles Naval Section Base on December 7, 1941 during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. She put to sea the next afternoon to patrol an area between the Pescadores Islands and Formosa. A small tanker was sighted the afternoon of December 9, but it remained out of torpedo range.

The submarine found a convoy of five merchantmen accompanied by a cruiser and several destroyers on December 18. As she came to periscope depth within attack range of the cruiser, she was sighted by one of the escorts approximately 250 yards (230 m) away. She started going deep but had only reached a depth of 65 feet (20 m) when the first depth charge exploded, breaking numerous light bulbs but causing no serious damage. Sturgeon began silent running and evaded the escorts.

On the evening of December 21, she sighted a darkened ship believed to be a large cargo carrier. A torpedo spread was fired from the stern tubes, but they all passed ahead of the ship due to an error in her estimated speed. The ship ended her first war patrol when she returned to Mariveles Bay on December 25.

   
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