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Robert Kaufman, Capt.

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    Posted: 21 Apr 2019 at 5:30am

We have learned from his son that Captain Robert Kenneth Kaufman from the 49-52 Duty Section passed away February 10, 2019.  He was 99.

Captain Kaufman served as Commanding Officer of Sirago 1950-52 and had been an active participant in our association.  He attended every reunion from 1998 through 2015.

As a Naval Academy Midshipman 1940

He was a submarine veteran of World War II and received a Silver Star for duty on USS Gato (SS-212) during her eighth war patrol

Serial 0295 (May 24, 1946)


The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Commander Robert Kenneth Kaufman (NSN: 09-85314), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action in the performance of his duties in the U.S.S. GATO (SS-212), during the EIGHTH War Patrol of that Submarine in the Bismarck-New Guinea-Truk Area from 2 February 1944 to 1 April 1944. As Assistant Approach Officer and Gunnery Officer, his excellent judgment and thorough knowledge of attack problems, and his excellent supervision of gunnery 

personnel and their equipment, assisted his Commanding Officer considerably in conducting successful attacks which resulted in the sinking of six enemy vessels totaling 17,300 tons, and the damaging of another vessel of 4,500 tons. His coolness and high devotion to duty contributed directly to the success of his vessel in evading severe enemy countermeasures. His conduct throughout was an inspiration to the officers and men in his ship and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service

He was the last surviving eyewitness to the Japanese surrender aboard USS Missouri (BB-63).
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