Robert Evans Flanders
Chief Fire Controlman, Navy
Hometown: Newport News
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: May 4, 1945
Died In: off Okinawa
Awards: Purple Heart, Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal
Chief Fire Controlman Flanders served aboard the USS Ingraham (DD-694) when the ship came under air attack by Japanese kamikazes. Four enemy planes surrounded the Ingraham when a fifth plane crashed into the the ship’s waterline and a bomb exploded in the generator room, killing 15 crew members.
He is buried in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira, New York.