Robert Hume Wanless

Robert Hume Wanless[1]

Male 1911 - 1962  (~ 50 years)

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  • Name Robert Hume Wanless 
    Born Jul 1911  Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 1920  Utica, Oneida Co, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • with parents
    Military Service 1944 
    • Robert Hume Wanless
      Legion of Merit
      Awarded for actions during the World War II

      The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Lieutenant Commander Robert H. Wanless, United States Navy, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States while serving as Commanding Officer of a destroyer escort during World War II. A U-boat was detected by a companion ship during an anti-submarine mission. Lieutenant Commander Wanless maneuvered his vessel into an advantageous striking position and participated in a series of powerful attack which damaged the submarine and forced her to the surface. As the conning tower broke water, he directed another attack which completely destroyed the U-boat.
      General Orders: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 331 (October 1944)

      Action Date: World War II
      Service: Navy
      Rank: Lieutenant Commander

      [source: http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=310991 ]
    Residence 1949  Berkeley, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Long Beach Press-Telegram - Thursday, June 16, 1949, Long Beach, California
      Comdr. Robert H. Wanless is captain of the de-mothballed destroyer USS Evans; he lives in Berkeley.
      [newspaperarchive.com]
    Military Service 1961 
    • Captain in the Navy; retired 1961.
    Residence 1962  McLean, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1962  Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 19 Jan 1962  Washington, D.C. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    The Washington Post 
    • Died Wed Jan 17, 1962 at Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, MD, Robert H. Wanless of 1904 Byrnes drive, McLean, VA, beloved husband of Mary Jayne Wanless; father of Karen M., Margo L., and Leslee J. Wanless, all of the home address; brother of Donald E. Wanless of Aberdeen, MD. Interment in Arlington Nat'l Cemetery. Contributions to Northern VA Cancer Society.
    Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Arlington burial record: Robert Hume Wanless (1911-1962) shows a home state of Pennsylvania. He was a Captain in the Navy and retired in 1961. He died in Maryland and is buried in Section 3, Grave 4056-NS.
    Person ID I880  3: George Wanless & Mercime Riddell of Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Last Modified 19 Aug 2018 

    Father George Harry "Harry" Wanless,   b. 25 Mar 1872, , Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1957, Coronado, San Diego, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother Lotta K. Engstrom,   b. Aug 1874, , Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jun 1959, DeWitt Army Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 12 Sep 1899  Clay Center, Clay Co, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F482  Group Sheet

    Family Mary Jayne Minor 
    Children 
     1. Karen M. Wanless
     2. Margo L. Wanless
     3. Leslee J. Wanless
    Last Modified 9 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F554  Group Sheet

  • News
    1940: Lieut. Robert H. Wanless leaves on a Navy vessel for patrol duty in the Atlantic (son of G.H. Wanless of Chicago)
    1940: Lieut. Robert H. Wanless leaves on a Navy vessel for patrol duty in the Atlantic (son of G.H. Wanless of Chicago)
    Chicago Tribune 5 Nov 1940

  • Sources 
    1. [S24] GEDCOM from Bruce Bagnall August 1999.

    2. [S36] Newspaper, The Times - Clay Center, KS - 13 Jul 1911 (Reliability: 3).
      Mr. and Mrs. Wanless of Lancaster PA are the parents of an 11 pound boy, born last week. Mrs. Wanless was formerly Miss Lottie Engstrom, daughter of Mr & Mrs Peter Engstrom of this city.

    3. [S36] Newspaper.
      Clay Center Dispatch, 14 Sep 1899 - There was a very pretty wedding at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Engstrom of this city Tuesday morning, being the marriage of their eldest daughter, Miss Lotta K., to George Harry Wanless of Springville, Utah. (description follows - local guests are mentioned, but no Wanlesses).
      The newly married couple left for their Utah home, where the groom has a good position with the Denver & Rio Grande railroad, Tuesday night. There was a goodly number of friends at the depot to see them off, and in the farewell frolic, the Bachelor Girls gained possession of the bride's boquet, a prize for which they competed heroically.