Feller, Robert William, CSp(A)

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Last Rank
Chief Petty Officer
Last Primary NEC
Sp(A)-Athletics Instructor
Last Rating/NEC Group
Athletic Instructor
Primary Unit
1945-1945, Sp(A), NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
Service Years
1941 - 1945
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Contact Info
Home Town
Van Meter, Iowa
Last Address
Gates Mills, Ohio

Date of Passing
Dec 15, 2010
Location of Interment
Gates Mills North Cemetery - Gates Mills, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Gun Captain (pre-1969) WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

Order of the Shellback US Navy Honorable Discharge

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1941, Recruit Training (Norfolk, VA)2
 Duty Stations/ Advancement Schools
Fleet Training Center (Faculty Staff) - Training Support Center (TSC)US NavyNTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
  1942-1942, Sp(A), Fleet Training Center (Faculty Staff) - Training Support Center (TSC)
  1942-1942, Sp(A), Naval Training Station (Cadre) Newport
  1942-1945, Sp(A), USS Alabama (BB-60)
  1945-1945, Sp(A), NTC (Cadre/Faculty Staff) Great Lakes, ILL
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Naval attack of Truk (Operation Hailstone)
  1943-1943 Sicily Campaign (1943)/Opertion Huskey
  1943-1943 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Operation Leader
  1943-1943 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Gilbert Islands Operation
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Philippine Sea
  1944-1944 Mariana and Palau Islands Campaign (1944)/Battle of Tinian
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Dec 10, 1941, Service Entry Date & Serial Number1
  Dec 12, 1942, Received on USS Alabama
  Feb 09, 1945, Transferred to Comdt. 14th Naval District for duty
  Aug 20, 1945, Post Navy Baseball Career19
  May 25, 2012, General Photos7
  Apr 13, 2019, Bobs Final Resting Place3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was one of the greatest pitchers to ever play Major League Baseball, a decorated veteran of WWII, and baseball Hall of Fame Member He, died December 15 2010, of acute leukemia at a Cleveland area hospice. He was 92.
Baseball fans will always remember Feller as “Rapid Robert” or “Bullet Bob.” He was an eight-time All-Star who led the American League in strikeouts in seven different seasons and was the first pitcher to win 20 or more games in a season before the age of 21. He threw 279 complete games and pitched three no-hitters during an 18-year career, spent entirely with the Cleveland Indians. He was elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1962 and was the longest-tenured living Hall of Famer at the time of his death.
Feller was the honorary spring training pitching coach for the Indians and he clearly loved his job and meeting the fans, in the course of the game,

 He’d been raised on a farm in Iowa. Years later, in a 2008 interview with USA Today, he said, “I wish every kid could grow up on a farm, and I always loved the memories of being on the farm. I had the best of all worlds because I had baseball and farming. And I had a good family of support.”
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Military Service
The United States entered World War II with the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Feller heard about the bombing while returning from a visit to his terminally ill father at Des Moines to Chicago where he was to sign a new Indians contract. Two days later, he volunteered for the United States Navy, becoming the first American professional athlete to enlist. Originally he tried to enlist as a fighter pilot but failed hearing tests. He spent nearly four years of his prime youth in the US Navy (He was a 40 MM Gun Captain for the USS Alabama), then returned for the 1946 season and promptly threw a no-hitter against the Yankees on April 30. Talk about not missing a beat! It was the 2nd of three no-hitters he’d pitch in his legendary career.
 Military Association Memberships
Famous People Who ServedAmerican LegionVeterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)United States Navy Memorial
  1942, Famous People Who Served [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1950, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1960, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) - Assoc. Page
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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