Robert H. Ehm, Lieutenant Commander, born July 3, 1914, Brooklyn, NY,
attended the University of Delaware for one and one-half years and
enlisted in the USN Feb. 18, 1936. He went through boot camp in
Norfolk and after Machine Shop School was assigned to the USS Medusa for
six months further training.
In June 1937 he was assigned to the USS West
Virginia, A Div. Machine Shop. On December 7 he was on watch in the
engineering spaces as machinist mate 1/c when the ship was torpedoed,
bombed and ultimately sunk.
After several months and ships, he reported back
aboard the West Virginia as part of the salvage crew. Qualifying as
a USN diver he participated in the raising of the ship, the clean up and
repair and the sailing of the ship across 3,000 miles of open ocean to the
Navy Yard in Bremerton, WA in May 1943.
In July he was ordered to a new destroyer escort
and commissioned an ensign in October. In 1946 he participated in
both Atom bomb tests at Bikini Atoll.
Memorable experiences include Pearl Harbor;
Bikini; and amphibious operations with Chang Kai Check's marines.
He retired in 1956 with the rank of lieutenant
commander. He received the usual awards and decorations.
He and Clare reside in Riverside, CA. He
retired from Bank of America and Brinks International Air Courier.
He enjoys traveling.
Reprinted with permission from Turner Publishing