695. Robert Glenn HUNTER (photo) was born on 6 Jul 1922 in Glenwood, Mills, Iowa. He served in the military between 1942 and 1947 in US Navy - USS LaVallette. La Vallette II
( DD-448; dp. 2,100; l. 376'3"; b. 39'8"; dr. 13'; 8. 35.5 k., colt 273 , a. 5 5", 10 40mm., 7 20mm., 6 dcp., 2 dct., 10 21" tt.; cl. Fletcher)

The second La Vallette (DD-448) was laid down 27 November 1941 by Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp., Kearny, N.J.; launched 21 June 1942. sponsored by Mrs. Lucy La Vallette Littel, great-granddaughter of Rear Admiral La Vallette; and commissioned 12 August 1942, Lt. Comdr. H. H. Henderson in command.

After training and escort duty in the Caribbean and Atlantic, La Vallette departed New York 16 December 1942 for the Panama Canal and Pacific duty. First contact with the enemy came 29 January 1943 as she screened TF 18 off Guadalcanal, when La Vallette's guns splashed three of a wave of attacking planes.

Attacked again 30 January while guarding Chicago she shot down six "Bettys", but was struck by a torpedo. With 22 dead, she was towed to drydock at Espiritu Santo for temporary repairs, then sailed to Mare Island Navy Yard, arriving 1 April.

Completely repaired, La Vallette left 6 August for Pearl Harbor, where she joined a earlier force for a strike on Marcus Island 31 August before returning to patrol duty in the Solomons. On the nights of 1 and 2 October, she contacted Japanese troop barges off Kolombangara, of which she sank four and damaged 2. La Vallette carried out escort and screening assignments during the Gilbert landings, and in strikes against Kwajalein and Wotje, during which she splashed another enemy aircraft. Brief repairs at San Francisco followed, after which she returned to the South Pacific.

On 1 February 1944 she fired in the preinvasion bombardment of Roi, part of the Kwajalein complex, in April she hit Aitape, and on 2 July supported the landings on Noemfoor, off New Guinea. Constant patrol and escort operations were conducted between these invasions.

Assigned to escort convoys during the first assaults on the Philippines, La Vallette had already left Leyte Gulf with a convoy bound to reload at Hollandia before the vast and decisive Battle for Leyte Gulf erupted; but she returned to the Philippines by 5 December, when she splashed a kamikaze in Surigao Strait. She covered five more landings.in the Philippines during December and January 1945, then joined the screen for minesweepers clearing Manila Bay. On 14 February in Mariveles Harbor, La Vallette was extensively damaged by a mine. With six dead and 23 wounded, she was towed to drydock at Subic Bay, then sailed for Hunters Point Navy Yard where she was completely repaired. On 7 August she sailed for San Diego, where she decommissioned 16 April 1946, and entered the Reserve Fleet, where she remains into 1969.

La Vallette received 10 battle stars for World War II service. He died on 21 Apr 1974 in Carson City, Nevada. He was buried Lone Mountain Cemetery on 24 Apr 1974 in Carson City, Nevada. Robert Glenn HUNTER- b 06 July, 1922 -- d 21 April 1974-- Section 1A, Row
33, Space 5, ground burial
He has Ancestral File number 10R3-LT3.

He was married to Emeline Martha CAPITANICH in 1946. He was divorced from Emeline Martha CAPITANICH. Robert Glenn HUNTER and Emeline Martha CAPITANICH had the following children:

child+752 i. Sharon Lee HUNTER.

He was married to Marie Margie DERUYTER (daughter of Johannes DERUYTER and Hilligje AKKERMAN) in Dec 1948 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada. He was divorced from Marie Margie DERUYTER on 29 May 1956 in , Los Angeles, California. Final Judgement dated 5 Jun 1957. Marie Margie DERUYTER was born on 10 Sep 1926 in Rock Valley, Sioux, Iowa. She died on 8 Mar 2003 in Nampa, Canyon, Idaho. She was buried Valley View Cemetery on 15 Mar 2003 in Rock Valley, Sioux, Iowa. She has Ancestral File number 10R2-T00. Robert Glenn HUNTER and Marie Margie DERUYTER had the following children:

child+753 i. James Glenn HUNTER.

He was married to Marie (HUNTER) about 1955. Marie (HUNTER) was born about 1930 in ,, of California. She died before 1969. She has Ancestral File number 10R3-LV9.

He was married to Jan MILLER about 1965 in ,, of California. He was divorced from Jan MILLER.

He was married to Shirley (HUNTER) about 1968 in ,, of California. Robert Hunter married Shirley Denny in Carson City on 25 May 1966. He was divorced from Shirley (HUNTER).

He was married to Nancy King WORDEN  in Carson City, Ormsby, Nevada.

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