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Naval officer

Robert Gibson Tobin, American naval officer. Awarded 3 Navy crosses, Bronze star, Navy Expeditionary medal, China service, Victory World War I, Purple Heart, Defense medal, Navy Unit commendation, American campaign, European campaign, Pacific campaign (7 battle stars), World World War II medal.


Tobin, Robert Gibson was born on August 17, 1894 in Ronceverte, West Virginia, United States. Son of Robert Emmet and Nellie Theresa (Farrell) Tobin.


Student Virginia Military Institute, 1912-1913. Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1917.


1 son, Robert G. Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1917, and advanced through grades to commodore. Served in World War I as engineering and later commanding officer United States Ship Hopkins. Served on destroyers, cruiser Marblehead, the Pennsylvania, at sea, and the United States Naval Academy and bureau of Navigation, Washington, District of Columbia.

Served as commander 12 destroyers and as commanding officer, United States Ship Montpelier in the South Pacific Area, World World War II. Also in London.


Married Carolyn Cecilia O’Rourke, January 7, 1922.

Robert Emmet Tobin

Nellie Theresa (Farrell) Tobin

Carolyn Cecilia O’Rourke