Virginia Heroes

Robert Wood Branch

Gunner's Mate, Navy

Born: February 10, 1922
Hometown: Richmond City, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: February 6, 1944
Died In: 600 miles South Southwest of Iceland
Awards: Purple Heart

Gunner’s Mate Branch served aboard the  merchant ship, USS West Portal which was part of convoy SC-118 when it was torpedoed/sunk by German submarine U-413.

He joined the National Guard in 1938 and then enlisted in the Navy in 1942.


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