In Memory Of
Navy Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class
Flandreau, South Dakota
March 19, 1925 – July 21, 1944
Killed In Action in Guam
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.
for this entry was provided by Betty Armstrong, Flandreau, South Dakota,
sister-in-law of Robert Armstrong.