Ens. Robert Tackaberry

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Ens. Robert Tackaberry

Death: 1995 (76-77)
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Ex-husband of Betty "Tack" Blake

Occupation: USS California
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About Ens. Robert Tackaberry


Blake’s fiancé Robert Tackaberry stood with the family watching the chaos below. One of the ensigns who had introduced Blake to Southern Comfort the night before, he had driven Blake home and her father offered to let him spend the night. That chivalrous act saved his life.

“The other two I had a drink with that night were both killed,” says Blake. “One was on the (U.S.S.) Arizona and the other was my husband-to-be’s roommate. If (Tackaberry) had gone back that night he’d have been killed, too.”

Tackaberry’s ship, the U.S.S. California, was sunk. Only the top deck remained above water in a harbor that was only 40 feet deep. https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=76076396

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Age 77