Several months ago Mayor Jim Broich received a call from Jim Baldwin of Toquerville, Utah asking for information about Robert Charles Rasmussen, Jr.
Baldwin is a research volunteer for www.oneternalpatrol.com and is hoping someone in Sleepy Eye may have information and a picture of Fireman, First Class, Robert Rasmussen, Jr. to update a memorial on his behalf. Baldwin is looking for a picture to add to Robert's personal memorial page at www.oneternalpatrol.com/rasmussen-r-c.htm.
Somehow, Baldwin realized that the Sleepy Eye Mayor may have information Baldwin was seeking.
Baldwin said in a conversation with Mayor Jim Broich, he recalls going hunting with Bob. St. Mary's School also has attendance records of both Robert and his sister, Irene. But due to a photo paper shortage during the war, yearbook publications had been suspended.
Mayor Broich said while the information he recalls of Rasmussen may not be helpful in fulfilling the task of updating information for the memorial, Broich did recall that Rasmussen taught him how to skin a skunk. Broich also added that the Servicemen's Club recognizes Rasmussen as a World War II Veteran.
Broich mentioned that once Rasmussen joined the Navy they corresponded by mail. He has a post card he kept from Rasmussen the last time they spoke.
What Baldwin does know is that the Rasmussen family in the 1930-40s lived at 416 W Main Street, west of the Freedom station. Robert's father was Robert Charles Rasmussen who was born in 1891. His mother was Lucy (Youngman) Rasmussen (1901-1932). Robert's older sister, Irene Rasmussen, may possibly be married to Mandel H. Davis from Hennepin. Robert Charles Rasmussen, Jr., was born in 1925 and lost at sea in November, 1944, Pacific submarine warfare.
Robert Rasmussen, Jr. was 19 years old and left high school early to "join and fight" when he volunteered for submarine school and earned his Navy Dolphins.
While on her eighth war patrol, the USS Scamp (SS-277) was attacked and sunk somewhere off the Japanese coast with "all hands lost."
The USS Scamp and her crew now lie asleep in the deep. They are officially listed as On Eternal Patrol.
Of the 83 crewman lost that day, only seven remain "lost from our view." Unfortunately, Robert is among them.
Anyone with information that could help is encouraged to contact Baldwin at email@example.com or by phone at (951) 662-6840.