William McRobert

William Bill McRobert







William (Bill) McRobert


William (Bill) McRobert served honorably in the World War II US Navy Armed Guard Service. He served aboard the SS Thomas M Cooley and the SS Frank Joseph Irwin. Bill was a good sailor and well liked by his officers and crew members.



Picture of Bill McRobert


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Picture of Bill McRobert


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Picture of Bill McRobert and Grace in the 1940's


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Another picture of Bill McRobert and Grace


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Picture of the SS Frank Joseph Irwin


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Picture of the SS Thomas M. Cooley


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Picture of Bill McRobert and Grace in the 1940's


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Below is Bill McRobert in the center with friends on the SS Frank J Irwin. Grubbs is on his right and Avery is on his left


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Below is the crew of the Thomas M Cooley in 1943. Bill is 2nd from right in the 2nd row.


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Below is the crew of the SS Frank Joseph Irwin


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The signatures below represent the men in the picture above. Left to right, 1st row, 1 thru 8; left to right, 2nd row, 9 thru 17 and left to right, 3rd row, 18 through 26


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In late March or early April, 1945, Bill McRobert was in Manila Bay and went aboard a sunken (or scuddled) Japanese Ship. While going from room to room he found a Japanese newspaper and this post card. Over the next 56 years he often wondered what the post card said. In the fall of 2001 he met Tom Kermen at the American Legion Post 104 in Aloha, Oregon. Tom asked to copy the post card and try to find someone to translate it, which he did. A friend where Tom works knows a retired Japanese businessman who determined the address in Japan was still valid. The original post card was finally on it's way along with a letter from Bill McRobert and pictures of himself. Bill has been advised that he is to receive a reply shortly along with a picture and information about the Japanese sailor who had wriiten the post card. He had survived the war, but evidently has passed away within the past 10 years sometime. Bill and and Tom are like two little kids before Christmas awaiting the response. (Be thankful that Bill wasn't handling your V-mail)


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The Japanese Postcard Interpreted!!


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Breaking Bread


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The letter in Japanese


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The letter in English


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A Second Letter - Page 1


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A Second Letter - Page 2


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And a recent photo of Bill McRobert


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And Don't Bill Wish.....


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Spoof picture of Bill and FDR


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Photo courtesy of Bill McRobert of Beaverton, Oregon. Served in the Armed Guard on the SS Thomas M. Cooley and the SS Frank J. Irwin. (Bill is sitting down in the second row, 6th from the left, dark hair and has his eyes closed)


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Photo courtesy of Bill McRobert of Beaverton, Oregon. Christmas Party at Armed Guard Center in December 1945


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Photo courtesy of Bill McRobert of Beaverton, Oregon. Christmas Party at Armed Guard Center in December 1945


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Photo courtesy of Bill McRobert of Beaverton, Oregon. Christmas Party at Navy Armed Guard Center December 1945


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Bill's friend, Tom Kermen


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Tom Kermen - Legion Historian


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