Robert M. Dinterman, Jr.
USS West Virginia
Born March 12, 1926 to Robert M. Dinterman, Sr. and Amy L. Dinterman. Enlisted in United States Navy on February 8, 1944 at age 17 with parental consent. Assigned to the USS West Virginia May 29, 1944 as a Gunner’s Mate, Seaman, Second Class. Honorably discharged after World War II as a Gunner’s Mate, Seaman, First Class on September 25, 1945 after having served 1 year, 1 month and 3 days in combat. Fought bravely in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, the Philippine Invasion, the Battle of Luzon, Iwo Jima and Okinawa where he manned the guns on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1945 when the “Wee Vee” sustained several casualties when hit by a kamikaze suicide bomber.
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