In Memory Of
Navy Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class
Robert Leroy Armstrong
Flandreau, South Dakota
Moody County 
March 19, 1925 – July 21, 1944
Killed In Action in Guam

Robert Leroy Armstrong  Robert Leroy Armstrong headstone

Robert Armstrong was born March 19, 1925.  Robert’s parents were Roy and Mabel Armstrong.  Roy and Mabel had one other son besides Robert; his name was Bill. Robert attended the Faris school and later attended Flandreau High School, until he joined the Navy after his first semester of his senior year. 

On February 6, 1943, Robert Armstrong entered active duty at Omaha, Nebraska, with the U.S. Navy. He did his basic training at Farragut, Idaho, and then was sent on to a hospital corps school at Farragut. After that they continued to Marc Island, California, and then were “transferred into the medical corps of the Marines.” On August 15, 1943, Ph M 3/C Armstrong was sent to the Pacific theater, where he saw combat in the Marshall and Mariana Islands.

On July 21, 1944, Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Robert Armstrong was killed in action in Guam during the action that liberated Guam from three years of Japanese control. At the time of his death, Robert was just 19 years old.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Sara N. Shipley, 8th Grade West,
Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, March 1st, 2000.  Information
for this entry was provided by Betty Armstrong, Flandreau, South Dakota, sister-in-law of Robert Armstrong.