In Memory of
U.S. Navy Quartermaster
Robert Louis Chamblin, Jr.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Minnehaha County 
April 16, 1921 – November 7, 1944
Killed in Action aboard the Submarine, USS Growler

Robert Louis Chamblin, Jr.  Robert Louis Chamblin, Jr., headstone

Robert “Bob” Chamblin, Jr. was born April 16, 1921, at Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Robert, Sr. and Charlotte Chamblin. His mother passed away when he was just a toddler. Raised and educated in Sioux Falls, Robert graduated from high school and then worked at John Morrell’s until he entered the service.

On January 9, 1942, Robert Chamblin entered active service at Omaha, Nebraska. After his training, he commenced foreign service in December of 1942. Quartermaster Chamblin was at some point assigned duty aboard the submarine, US Growler. In November of 1944, the Growler was on its eleventh patrol.

“On 7 November, GROWLER reported having made temporary repairs to her SJ radar which made it usable, but that she urgently needed spare parts for it.” During the early morning hours of November 8, 1944, it is believed that the USS Growler was destroyed, although the cause of her loss “must be described as unknown.”

Robert Chamblin, Jr. is listed on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery in the Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator, Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment and United States Submarine Losses.