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Robert H. Close U.S. Navy  WWII
Robert H. Close U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 3/11/1913
Died On: 3/19/1994
Street Address: 30 Redfield St.
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy - USS Grouper - SS-214

Veteran Code: USN-312

Robert H. Close was born in New York in 1913. In Rye his family lived at 30 Redfield St.. Robert served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Capt. Robert Close

SILVER STAT CITATION: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Commander Robert Hamilton Close (NSN: 0-73341), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of the Destroyer U.S.S. Collett (DD-730), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea, from 13 to 15 September 1950. An officer of outstanding professional ability and resourcefulness, Commander Close skillfully navigated his ship through a hazardous enemy mine field and, entering the strongly fortified harbor of Inchon, conducted an effective close-in bombardment against hostile shore installations and gun emplacements. Defying the deadly and ever increasing fire from hidden enemy batteries scattered along the coastline, he boldly continued to direct furious counterfire on the hostile fortifications until the defenses were sufficiently neutralized to permit the successful amphibious landings of friendly forces at Inchon. By his marked courage, expert seamanship and loyal devotion to the fulfillment of vital operations, Commander Close upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Robert H. Close, U.S Navy (retired), died Saturday In Napa after a short Illness.

Capt. Close was bom to Harriet and Luclen Close In Mt. Vernon, N.Y., on March 11, 1913. He graduated from the Naval Academy In 1934 and served on the USS Concord. He served In the Submarine Service during World War II and commanded the USS Pilotflsh. Further duties Includ ed command of USS Trollus, USS Flredrake and on the staff of Naval Post Graduate School In both Newport, R.L, and Monterey. Capt.

Close had command of the U.S. Collett during the Korean War. He later attended the Naval War College, Newport, and served at the Bureau of Personnel and Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. After serving two years at JUSMAG In Bangkok, Thailand, Capt. Close retired from the Navy. He taught mathematics for 16 years In the Napa Valley Unified School District. Capt.

Close Is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia of Napa; his daughter, Marian Llebow of San Francisco; and his son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Darlene, and two granddaughters, of. Alta Loma. He was predeceased by his son, Robert Jr. and Stephen. No services will be held.

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