Veterans' Memorial Project

Robert Thomas Browne M.D.

Peoria, IL

World War II

College: Medicine

Graduation Year: 1942

Service Branch: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant Junior Grade

Date of Death: 10/26/1945

Lieutenant Browne served with the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was a medical officer aboard the destroyer USS Johnston and killed during a naval battle off the Philippines on October 25, 1944 when a Japanese shell struck the wardroom where he was helping the wounded to abandon ship. Before beginning his sea duty, Lt. Browne was medical officer for the Navy staff. He entered service in July, 1943. He earned the Navy Cross honoring his heroism in addition to the Purple Heart. He is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. (Note: He was lost at sea–Missing in Action–on 10/25/1944 and declared dead on 10/26/1945.)

-taken from Illinois Alumni News, June, 1946 and Web site above

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