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|58k||Francis Martin Robinson was born 28 October 1883 in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1906. His varied career of distinguished service to his
country through the Navy included shipboard assignments, and duty ashore in recruiting and with the Naval Reserve. He was awarded the Navy Cross for his outstanding work as executive officer
in Baltimore laying the North Sea Mine Barrage in World War I. Commander Robinson retired 30 June 1934, but returned to active duty 10 September 1940 as Civilian Personnel Officer
for the Fourth Naval District. He thus served until his death 03 November 1942.
USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) (1944-1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Academy)
|82k||29 May 1943: Philadelphia Navy Yard - The christening of six destroyer escorts in a dry-dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The three ships in the foreground are
(from left): USS Enright (DE 216), USS Coolbaugh
(DE 217) and USS Darby (DE 218). Those in the background are (from left), USS
J. Douglas Blackwood (DE 219), USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) and USS
Solar (DE 221).|
(U.S. Navy Photo #NH 75610 from the Naval History and Heritage Command, Courtesy of James Russell, 1972)
|42k||undated wartime image||-|
|151k||undated wartime image, Francis M. Robinson coming alongside USS Denebola (AD 12).
(U.S. Navy photo #80-G-372210 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
|100k||02 February 1944: USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) underway.
(U.S. Navy photo #80-G-215506 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
|148k||undated wartime image|
|106k||1948: USS Greenwood (DE 679) and Francis M. Robinson moored at Key West, Fla.|
(Notice difference in hull number style, Robinson remains with WWII style numbers, while Greenwood has been repainted to modern numbers.)
|158k||29 March 1949: Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) underway off Key West.
(U.S. Navy photo #80-G-444114 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.)
|42k||1949 (Photo from Mr. Paul Burke)|
|477k||06 December 1950: Starboard quarter view of the destroyer escort USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220).
(U.S. Navy photo #L45-102.03.03 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Navsource Archive Manager
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|42k||circa 1953||Bob Hurst|
England, United Kingdom
|54k||circa 1960: Francis M. Robinson underway.
(U.S. Navy Photo, from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62)
|Francis M. Robinson History|
|View the USS Francis M. Robinson (DE 220) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS Francis M. Robinson as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|Francis M. Robinson's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 15 Jan. 1944 - 01 Oct. 1944||Lcdr. John Edwin Johansen, USNR (Comm. CO) (Mobile, Ala.)|
|2.) 01 Oct. 1944 - 18 Sep. 1945||Lcdr. Paul Campbell, Jr., USNR (Greenwich, Conn.)|
|3.) 18 Sep. 1945 - 30 Nov. 1945||Lt. Parkman Dexter Howe, Jr., USNR (Needham, Mass.)|
|4.) 01 Jan. 1946 - 02 Jul. 1946||Lcdr. Raymond E. Kuntz, USNR|
|5.) 02 Jul. 1946 - 01 Feb. 1947||Lcdr. William Davis Craig|
|6.) 01 Feb. 1947 - .. .... 1948||Lt. Raymond Edward Bock (USNA '44) (Wadpole, Mass.)|
|7.) .. .... 1948 - .. .... 1951||Lcdr. Adalbert Ray Evers|
|8.) Jul. 49 - .. .... 1951||Lcdr. Joseph Henry Rayburn Jr. (OCS, V7, '41) (Kansas City, Mo.)|
|9.) .. .... .... - .. .... ....||Lcdr. Charles Kittelle Moore (Vallejo, Cal.)|
|10.) 1954 - 1956||Cmdr. Albert Wesley Cox (Peoria, Ill.)|
|11.) 1956 -||Cmdr. Joseph Wyer French|
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