NAME
Robert Ernest Watkins
NICKNAME
MCSN
273306
HOME OF RECORD
250 Broadway, Pitcairn, PA
alt. 931 North 3rd Street, Camden, NJ
NEXT OF KIN
Mother, Mrs. Genevieve Smith
DATE OF BIRTH
February 20, 1921
DATE OF ENLISTMENT
June 30, 1940
DATE OF LOSS
August 9, 1942
REGION
Solomons
CAMPAIGN / AREA
Guadalcanal / Savo Island
CASUALTY TYPE
MIA/Declared Dead
August 10 1943
UNIT
Marine Detachment,
USS Quincy
DUTY
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LOSS
PFC Watkins’ cruiser, USS Quincy (CA-39), was on patrol off Savo Island in the early morning hours of 9 August, 1942. A Japanese fleet surprised the Americans, and between 0155 and 0215, the Quincy¬†was struck by dozens of large caliber shells. Aflame and out of control, she sank at 0238
Watkins was at his battle station on a 5″ gun when his battery took a direct hit.¬†Initially listed as missing in action, he was declared dead as of 10 August 1943.
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS
Purple Heart
LAST KNOWN RANK
Private First Class
STATUS OF REMAINS
Lost at sea.
MEMORIALS
Manila American Cemetery

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