Virginia Heroes

Robert Dunn McIlwaine

Ensign, Navy

Born: September 18, 1924
Hometown: Dinwiddie County, Virginia
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: June 12, 1944
Died In: over Saipan
Awards: Purple Heart, Air Medal

Ensign McIlwaine served as a naval aviator with Fighting Squadron 51 (VF-51) aboard USS San Jacinto (CVL-30) and trained at Pensacola Naval Air Station in 1943 with Flight Class 4B.

His place took a direct hit from anti-aircraft fire over Saipan, killing him instantly.

He attended Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia. His name is listed in the Courts of the Missing in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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