Barber County Kansas
Lt. Cecil Robinson, U.S. Navy
of Nashville, Kingman County, Kansas.
Photo courtesy of Ed Rucker.
The Barber County Index, July 20, 1944.
Naval Officer Dies Overseas
Word of the death of Lt. j.g. Cecil Robinson somewhere in the Pacific was received Friday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Robinson, Sr., of Nashville in a telegram from the navy department.
The telegram stated that he had died of inter spinal injuries on July 7. Remains were interred in allied territory outside the continental limits of the United States pending cessation of hostilities. Any further word received by the navy department will be forwarded, the telegram said.
Lt. Robinson enlisted in the Navy Air Corps in January 1942, and received his wings at Pensacola, Florida, on December 7, 1942. From Florida he was sent to the West Coast for further training and then to the Hawaiian Islands.
Lt. Robinson was 27 years old at the time of his death. He spent all his life near Nashville. He was graduated from the Zenda high school and the Kiowa State college at Manhattan.
In addition to his parents, he leaves to mourn his passing, two brothers, Ralph of Seattle, Wash., Walter, Jr., of the home and one sister, Wilma, a cadet nurse in training at the Wesley hospital, and a host of relatives and friends.
Death of Young Naval OfficerLt. Cecil Robinson of Nashville Was Somewhere in Pacific
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Robinson, Sr. of Nashville, were notified last Friday morning by the Navy department of the death of their son, Lt. (jg) Cecil Robinson, who died of injuries received while swimming on June 7.
Cecil struck his head on a coral rock while diving, breaking a vertebrae in his neck. The accident occurred while his squadroon was on a picnic. He died on July 7, and burial was made at an unnamed placed in Allied territory outside the United States.
Lt. Robinson was born near Nashville on December 7, 1916. He was 27 years and 7 months of age at the time of his death. He grew to young manhood at the Robinson farm southeast of Nashville. He was a graduate of the Zenda School in 1935, and the Kansas State College at Manhattan in 1940.
He won two trips to national 4-H club meetings. At Chicago he was high man in poultry judging among contestants from 13 states. He also won a trip to the world’s fair at San Francisco as a member of a dairy judging team.
Cecil enlisted in the naval air corps in January, 1942. He received his wings at Pensacola, Fla., on December 7 of that year. He spent three weeks at home enroute to the west coast, and was sent to Hawaii for his final training.
At the time of his death, Lt. Robinson was co-pilot on a hospital plane, which transports badly injured men to the naval hospitals.
He leaves to mourn his passing, his parents, two brothers, Ralph of Seattle, Wash,; and Walter, Jr., of the home; a sister, Wilma, a student cadet nurse at Wesley Hospital in Wichita; other relatives and a host of friends.
(Undated newspaper clipping)
Services at Nashville for Lt. Robinson,
Returned War Dead
Memorial services were held Monday from the Presbyterian Church at Nashville for Lt (j. g.) Cecil Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Robinson of Nashville, who died at Pearl Harbor July 7, 1944.
The body of Lieutenant Robinson is the first among the servicemen of this vicinity who gave their lives in World War II, to be brought home for burial. He died following interspinal injuries received June 7, 1944, at the age of 27 years.
He is survived by his parents, two brothers, Walter, Jr., and Ralph; and one sister Wilma.
An ironic play of numbers was evident in the life of Lieutenant Robinson. He was born December 7, 1916; received his wings in the Navy Air Corps December 7, 1942; was injured June 7, 1944 and died July (seventh month) 7, 1944 at the age of 27 years and 7 months.
(Undated newspaper clipping)
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Thanks to Shirley Brier for finding, transcribing and contributing the above Barber County Indexnews article to this web site!
Thanks to Ed Rucker for contributing the above undated newspaper clippings and photo of Lt. Robinson to this web site! The undated newspaper clippings were collected by Bertha (Inslee) Rucker.