Navy Badge
  • Name: Robert "Bob" Louis Mester
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: September 12, 1927
  • Date of Death: July 30, 1994
  • Parents: Louis Mester & Mildred (Lanum) Mester
  • High School and Class: 1945 Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: 1948 Itasca Junior College, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Highest Rank:
  • Branch: Navy
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: July 20, 1945
  • Place Sworn In:
  • Date of Discharge: July 27, 1946
  • Place of Discharge:
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    1945 U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois
  • Military Awards:

  • Military Highlights:
    WW II Draft Registration Cards – 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947
    State: Minnesota
    Name: Robert Louis Mester
    Race: White
    Age: 18
    Birth Date: September 12, 1927
    Birth Place: Coleraine, Minnesota, USA
    Residence Place: Coleraine, Itasca, Minnesota, USA
    Registration Date: July 30, 1946 (after discharge)
    Employer: Unemployed
    Weight: 175
    Height: 6-2
    Complexion: Ruddy
    Eye Color: Blue
    Hair Color: Brown
    Other characteristic: Birthmark on left thigh
    Next of Kin: Mrs. Louis D. Mester

    Newspaper article: August 1945 – “Three Coleraine boys are receiving their initial Naval indoctrination at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois. Their recruit training consists of instruction in seamanship, military drill, and general Naval procedure. During this period a series of aptitude tests will be taken by the recruits to determine whether they will be assigned to a Naval Service School, to a shore station, or to immediate duty at sea. When their recruit training is completed, these men will receive a period of leave. They are: Barry M. Rowles, 18, son of Dr. and Mrs. Everett K. Rowles; Robert L. Mester, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis D. Mester, and Gerald H. Gillman, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Burton S. Gillman.”

    Newspaper article: December 1945 – From Bob Mester, Norman, Okla.: “Dear Friends: I’m very sorry I haven’t written sooner and thanked you for the Christmas box. Thank you very much for the box. I enjoyed it very much. The one thing I miss is the snow. It’s awfully cold down here, but no snow. I hope I’m home for Christmas, just to see the snow. Well, I guess there’s nothing to say about Oklahoma. I hope to be shipping out in January. Thanks again for the Christmas box, and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. As ever, Bob Mester.”

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Robert Mester married Eva Burke in Mn in 1950.

  • Tribal Affiliation(s):