Keister, Robert Louis, 1stLt

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First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot
Last MOSGroup
Pilots/Naval Flight Officers
Primary Unit
1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
Service Years
1937 - 1943
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Golden Dragon Certificate
Shellback Certificate

First Lieutenant


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Sgt Ryan Mahana (Alcatraz) to remember Marine 1stLt Robert Louis Keister.

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  1943, World War II Fallen

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Last Known Activity
VMF-215 arrived on Espiritu Santo on July 1, 1943, and by the end of the month was taking part in fighter sweeps against Japanese bases in the northern Solomon Islands. On August 14, an F4U Corsair from VMF-215 was the first plane to arrive at the newly captured Munda airfield where they immediately began operating to cover the landings on Vella Lavella. Shortly thereafter the squadron pulled back to the rear for rest and relaxation. The squadronâ??s second combat tour began while they were based at Barakoma Airfield on Vella Lavella. From there they covered the landings at Empress Augusta Bay on Bougainville, which began on November 1, 1943.

KEISTER, Robert L, 1STLT, O-022377, USMC, from Indiana, location Solomon Islands, date of loss November 1, 1943 + KEISTER, Robert L., 1st Lieutenant, USMC. Wife, Mrs. Robert L. Keister, 120 W. Pueblo, Santa Barbara, Calif  + KEISTER, Robert Louis, 22377, VMF215, MAG14, 1stMAW, FMF, Solomon Is, November 2, 1944, killed in action + KEISTER, Robert Louis, First Lieutenant, O-022377, USMC, from Indiana, Manila American Cemetery

1stLt Robert Louis Keister, pilot, was declared Missing in Action on 1 Nov 1943.

Body Not Recovered
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Pilot Wings
Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1937, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
 Unit Assignments
2nd Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (2/10)Marine Scouting Squadron -3  (VMS-3)Aviation UnitsMarine Fighting Squadron 215 (VMF-215)
Missing In Action
  1937-1938, 0800, 2nd Bn, 10th Marine Regiment (2/10)/E Btry
  1938-1941, 6199, Marine Scouting Squadron -3 (VMS-3)
  1941-1942, 7599, Marine Aviation Detachment (MAD) Pensacola, FL
  1942-1943, 7598, Marine Fighting Squadron 215 (VMF-215)
  1943-Present, 7598, Missing In Action
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Vella Lavella
  1943-1943 Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)/Battle of Bougainville
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