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Zern, Robert Neil

Name and Rank, Aviation Machinist’s Mate Second Class Robert Neil Zern.

Unit/Placed in, Torpedo Squadron 16 (VT-16) embarked from the USS Randolph (CV-15) Carrier, United States Naval Reserve.


Robert was born approx. on 1925 in Chesterton, Porter County, Indiana.

Father, Frank Zern.

Mother, Lucy Zern.

Brothers, Pal, Leo and Eugene Zern.


Robert entered  the service from Indiana with service number # 7263822.


Robert N. Zern was an Aviation Machinist’s 2nd Class in the United States Navy.


Robert‘s Crew-members on-board the plane a B-  were,

Lt.               William N. Holmes    Pilot

Arm2.          Neil J. Hanley          Radio Operator/Bombardier

Amm2.         Robert N. Zern        Gunner


Robert was KIA after his plane was hit by AA (hit the Gastank) over the Mission (Bombing Strikes against Tokyo Airfields), and it crashed in the water, on July 10, 1945, and he is honored with a Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Robert is buried at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA.

Courts of the Missing.


Thanks to http://www.inportercounty.org/Data/Military/WWIIList/ZernRobertNeil.html

Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Seabees History Bob Smith  https://seabeehf.org/

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/ Robert Capistrano

National Historian

Navy Seal Memorial,  http://www.navysealmemorials.com

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Torpedo Squadron 16 (VT-16)
Grumman TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber
Embarked from the USS Randolph (CV-15) Carrier (Air Group Sixteen)
Crash Kamikaze (beside USS Randolph1945)
Belly Tank from a Grumman F6F explodes
Robert Neil Zern
His rank Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class
Flag for the Actions
Midnight Explosions Destroying the USS Randolph in 1962