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|Robert Maitland La Prade was born 04 August 1916 at Kennedy, Texas, the second son of James T. and Lillian (Newman) La Prade. He served for a short time in the Army prior
to enlisting in the Marine Corps Reserve on 16 April 1940. A graduate of Rice University, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree on 01 June 1942. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on 01
January 1943 while serving with L Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division in the Solomon Islands Campaign. Wounded on a night patrol at Guadalcanal on 20 January 1943, he
died of his wounds aboard USS Solace (AH 5) on 23 January.
1st Lieutenant La Prade was awarded the Navy Cross..... "for extraordinary heroism and outstanding courage during action against enemy Japanese Forces at Guadalcanal 20 January 1943. Operating behind enemy lines, Lieutenant La Prade, was in command of a combat patrol which wiped out one enemy machinegun position and was critically wounded twice. Despite his insistence that they leave him behind, he was carried back to our lines where he, with unfaltering disregard for his own ebbing strength, continued to give directions and formation until he lost consciousness. His indomitable fighting spirit and inspiring devotion to the accomplishment of an important mission were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."
1st Lt. La Prade was buried near Auckland, New Zealand, but was returned to the United States after the war and laid to rest in the Kennedy Cemetery. His older brother, Lieutenant Colonel James L. La Prade, U.S. Army, a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was killed in an artillery barrage at the Battle of the Bulge on 19 December 1944. He lies at rest in the West Point Cemetery. The La Prade family paid dearly for World War Two.
USS La Prade (DE 409) (1944-1946) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(Photo from the Rice History Corner, Gleanings from the Rice University Archives)
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|La Prade History|
|View the USS La Prade (DE 409) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
|View the official War History of USS La Prade as submitted by the ship at war's end.|
|La Prade's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 20 Apr. 1944 – 14 Feb. 1945||Lcdr. Carl Morton Fellows, USNR (Comm. CO) (USNA ‘36) (Fitchburg, Mass.)|
|2.) 14 Feb. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946||Lcdr. John Voorhees Cameron, USN (USNA ‘39) (Reno, Nev.)|
|3.) .. Mar. 1946 – 11 May 1946||Lt.(jg) Byron Carr King, USNR (Decomm. CO)|
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