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November 13th, 2010 at 11:59 am
68 years ago today Sea2c Robert H Warburton was killed in action when his ship, the USS Juneau was sunk during the battle of Guadalcanal. Newly married, Bob was a welder and burner at sun Ship – there was a chance he would not have been called into the service. However, after the bombs started falling, he was among the first from the area to enlist.
The sinking of the Juneau gained particular notoriety as the five Sullivan Brothers, championed by the US War Department and Department of the Navy to help in recruiting drives, were all killed in the sinking. The movie “The Fighting Sullivans“follows the lives of the five brothers and their eventual deaths aboard the USS Juneau.
Seven months after his death, Bob’s brother and sister in-law named their newborn Robert H Warburton, who in turn named me Robert H Warburton, Jr. I am honored to be given his name.
Portions taken from the Delaware County Daily Times