Virginia Heroes

Robert Ranson Patterson

Radioman, Third Class, Navy

Hometown: Roanoke City, VA
Casualty Date: May 3, 1945
Died In: South China Sea
Awards: Purple Heart

Radioman Third Class Patterson served aboard the submarine USS Largato (SS-371).

Before the war, he got married and was employed at the Roanoke Weaving Company.

The USS Largato was sunk by depth charge off the Malaysia coast on May 4, 1945, killing 88 crew members.  The submarine was discovered in May 2005.


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