Branch of Service: Coast Guard
Conflict: World War II (1939-1945)
Years of Service: 1942-1946 and 1949-1951
Robert D. Whited, 89, of Sumner, WA, passed away Friday, February 8, 2013. He was born November 9, 1923 in Lincoln, NE. He served his country during WWII in the South Pacific where he participated in the battles of Guam, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He also served in the Korean War, stationed in Ketchikan, AK commanding the Search and Rescue teams of the 11th Coast Guard District. His medals include: Combat Action Ribbon (Iwo Jima), American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5), World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal (Asia clasp). He graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1956 with a BA in History and Grace Theological Seminary in 1961 with a M.Div. He served in various pastorates with the Grace Brethren Churches. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeannette, daughters Karen Spiker, Cathi Fanning, Barbara Warren and Jean Fitzpatrick, 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Services were held at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA where he was buried with military honors. We will miss you Whitey, Dad, Gpa! In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Paralyzed Vets of America at www.pva.org
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