Robert M. La Prade

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Robert M. La Prade
Born(1916-08-04)August 4, 1916
Kenedy, Texas
DiedJanuary 20, 1943(1943-01-20) (aged 26)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1940–1943
RankFirst Lieutenant
Unitcombat patrol
Battles/warsWorld War II
*Guadalcanal campaign
AwardsNavy Cross
RelationsJames Thomas La Prade (father)
Lillian Blanche Newman (mother)
James Louis La Prade (brother)

Robert Maitland La Prade was born August 4, 1916 at Kenedy, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice Institute on June 1, 1942.[1][2]

Marine Corps career[edit]

He served in the United States Army prior to enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps April 16, 1940. Commissioned First Lieutenant January 1, 1943 while serving in the Pacific campaign he died of wounds received in the action at Guadalcanal.

Awarded the Navy Cross[edit]

Lieutenant La Prade was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism and outstanding courage during action against enemy Japanese Forces at Guadalcanal January 20, 1943.

Operating behind the enemy lines, Lieutenant La Prade, in command of a combat patrol which wiped out one enemy machinegun position, was critically wounded twice. . . . Despite his insistence that they leave him behind, he was carried back to our lines where he with unfaltering disregard for his own ebbing strength, continued to give directions and formation until he lost consciousness. His indomitable fighting spirit and inspiring devotion to the accomplishment of an important mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service...


USS La Prade (DE-409) was named in his honor. She was laid down November 18, 1943 by Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Texas; launched December 31, 1943; sponsored by Mrs. J. T. La Prade, mother of the late Lieutenant La Prade; and commissioned April 20, 1944, Lt. Comdr. C. M. Fellows in command.

See also[edit]

Other articles of the topics Biography AND World War II : George Emerson Conklin, Grady A. Dugas, M.D., Welton Ralph Abell, Clarence Lee Evans, Angus R. Goss, Jaime Sabater Sr., Edward Henry Allen

Other articles of the topic Biography : Brian Reeves, Sara Ali Khan, Val J. Washington, Beverly W. Reid, Emily Tassie, Anatoly Antonovich Shevchenko, Rajeev Jha

Other articles of the topic World War II : Malcolm Lewis Pratt, Paul G. Baker, Edgar R. Bassett, César Luis González, World War II, Jaime Sabater Sr., Arthur E. Loeser
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This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

External links[edit]

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