LCDR Robert J. Carlin
Jul 1966 - May 1968
Robert J. CARLIN, was born on December 30, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Chester State College in Pennsylvania in June 1952 and graduated from the Navy's Officer Candidate School in December of that year. He saw service in Korea with the USS CUSHING, a destroyer operating with the U. S. Seventh Fleet. For his participation in that conflict he was awarded the United Nations Medal, the Korean Service Award with two campaign stars, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation. Prior to entering Submarine School in January 1957, LCDR CARLIN taught mathematics at the U. S. Naval Academy. He then served in the USS CUTLASS (SS-478) for three years before reporting to the Polaris submarine USS ROBERT E. LEE (SSBN-601) in March 1960. As navigator, he completed the first three patrols made by that ship. During the period October 1963 to February 1965, LCDR CARLIN was Assistant Material Officer on the Staff of the Deputy Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet where his duties were primarily concerned with Polaris submarine matters. Upon detachment LCDR CARLIN received a submarine force commendation for his performance of duty as a staff officer. From March 1965 until July 1966 LCDR CARLIN served as Executive Officer of the USS GROUPER (AGSS-214). In July 1966 he took command of the USS BANG(SS-385). On February 22, 1968 the Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge awarded LCDR CARLIN the George Washington Honor Medal for his "significant achievement in fostering the American Way of Life.". Upon detachment from command of BANG, LCDR CARLIN reported to the Director, Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff, OFFUTT Air Force Base, Nebraska. Later assignments included Commander Submarine Division 32, San Diego, CA, Senior Research Fellow, Strategic Research Group, National War College, Washington, DC and staff to the Supreme Allied Commander, Europe in Belgium. He retired from the Navy as a Captain. Captain Carlin died on October 25, 1988 at the age of 57 and is burried in Arlington National Cemetary.