Oklahoma Casualties Database

U.S.S. Oklahoma

Taylor, Robert

Hero from Summit
Robert Le Roy Thrombley, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert W. Thrombley of 96 Tulip Street, Summit, was killed at Pearl Harbor December 7, when the Oklahoma capsized. He enlisted at Newport, R.I., January 16, 1941, and completed training at the Radio Training School in San Diego, California. He went to Honolulu in October, 1941. He was born in Chatham and attended Chatham and Summit schools.

-Newspaper clipping

Taylor Joins Boys For His Second Hitch

Away back in December, 1939, the Taylor boys started enlisting and they are still at it. Eugene E. Taylor enlisted in the U.S. Air Corps in December, 1939, and is now in Alaska; Charles Robert joined the U.S. Marines and was reported lost on the battleship Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor, December 7; Harold enlisted in the Field Artillery February 1, 1942 and is in Washington; W. F. (Bill), father of the three boys, and a veteran of World War I, enlisted in the U.S. Navy last week as chief mechanic's mate, 1st class and is now awaiting call to active duty. This does not mean that he had just decided to enlist, for he rounded up his Legion buddies on the night of December 7 and sent a message to the War Department offering a regiment of Legion men for active service and has been trying to get in ever since.

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