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Robert Lee Pettit

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Robert Lee Pettit was born in Clare, Michigan, November 17, 1906.

Navy career[edit]

He enlisted in the United States Navy September 13, 1927, and attained the rate of Radioman First Class on February 16, 1938.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

He died in his attacking PBY aircraft at Jolo Harbor, Philippines, December 27, 1941, as he remained bravely at his post in the burning, gasoline-flooded radio compartment. For his heroism he received the Navy Cross.


USS Pettit (DE-253) was named in his honor. The ship was laid down February 6, 1943 by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Texas; launched April 28, 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Robert Lee Pettit; and commissioned September 23, 1943, Lt. Commander William B. Ellis, USCG, in command.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topic World War II : Joseph Williams Vance Jr., Richard L. Cevoli, William Frank Seiverling Jr., Wendover Air Force Base, Grady A. Dugas, M.D., Oliver Mitchell, Maurice Joseph Manuel
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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