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Robert Evans Flanders

Chief Fire Controlman, Navy

Born: December 6, 1919
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.

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