Robert Armstrong Black, Jr

Robert Armstrong Black, Jr

Age: 33
Branch: USNR
Rank(s): SFc ST V-6, QM1c
Unit(s): OSS, UDT10
Station: U.S.S. Burrfish

Fallen on: 07 Feb 1945
Location: Yap Island
Campaign:  Reconnaissance of Yap Island

Medals & Commendations: Purple Heart Medal (awarded posthumously), Silver Star Medal (awarded posthumously)

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

QM1 Black was a member of a UDT Team that embarked on the U.S.S. Burrfish (SS-312); they made a reconnaissance of the beaches at Palau and Yap in 1944 to prepare for the invasion. He and two others were captured on August 20, 1944. Japanese Navy received the POWs in Palau. Howard Livingston Roeder (CPO, USN), John C. MacMahon (CPO, USN), and Robert Armstrong Black (First Class Petty Officer) were placed aboard Special sub-chaser URUPPU MARU on 2 September 1944 at Palau for transfer via Davao to Manila. QM1 Black was officially declared dead on 7 Feb 1945.